Women around the world have come a hard long way. The month of March is known to be Women’s history month and the 8th of this month marks International Women’s Day.
However, unfortunately, this Tuesday in Lebanon no march was organized although many NGOs and initiatives organized special events.
In his statement meant to honor this day, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, unsurprisingly, didn’t hesitate to use expressions referring to women as secondary, calling them “key partners” and “companions.”
And yet, Lebanese women are not sitting on the side of the paths of men in the country. If they are not among those ensuring their wellbeing and sustenance, they are handling pivotal roles in all vital sectors.
They were also the ones that stopped a military conflict in Chiah and Ain El Remmaneh that could have driven the country into another civil war. They are also the ones that initiated the human chain from south to north that brought the world in awe.
Even if women had long acquired the right to vote, access to ministerial positions is restricted to the very few who are usually brought in by ruling political parties.
Taking a look at the formation of governments in Lebanon shows the striking reality of the gender inequality that exists across the country in many aspects and sectors.
These are only a few of the many battles women in Lebanon have still to undertake for their values to be equally honored as those of men.
International Women’s Day 2022 is not yet a day of celebration for them, but a day to remind the nation about the fight for the Lebanese women’s right to live in dignity.
Hence, today, we celebrate not International Women’s Day per se but these Lebanese women who are pivotal to Lebanon and its beating heart, as they are making a difference towards a healthier and better country.