Mediation and Gender Justice in “Lebanon”

31 May 2022

With the deterioration of the political situation in many countries of the Arab Region, the continuation of “The Most Decisive” in conflict zones, and the attempts of numbers of political regimes in the Arab Spring countries returning to the pre-revolutions with more backlashes on the democratic path, and the marginalization of women in the political dialogue in the countries of democratic transition, that would affect directly the feminist gains since the Arab Spring Revolutions in 2011, even if they were limited in regards with the inevitable feminist demands; hence the situation, generally, in the region has predicted with further regression and crisis on the feminist level, to require feminist’s mobilization from issuing statements and putting local feminist pressure towards the political engagement on the regional level through the formation of a feminist group that could be called “Feminist Crisis Group”, generated from the concept of “Soft Track Two”, to introduce initiatives that guarantee gender justice in zones of crises, conflicts and democratic transition within the region.

Accordingly, the Women Politicians Caucus in the Middle East and North Africa held several internal meetings between its members and several feminist figures in the Region. The Caucus agreed to work on moving to the political engagement level within the Region, starting with the Second Arab Spring countries (Sudan – Iraq – Lebanon – Algeria. In the first phase, these countries are witnessing the political, economic, and social levels and their impact on the women’s status, considering the necessity of accelerating the agreement on a feminist initiative that helps to resolve the internal political crisis as well as ensure the presence of a feminist agenda. The caucus uses a tool of negotiations and potential open dialogues to address the national settlement process. The Caucus begins moving to the second phase, which includes the remaining countries in the Region.

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