Women’s right to vote in Lebanon
Nov 4, (1952)


Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs

1st Lebanese Women’s Day / Women’s Day Lebanon
Nov 4, (2018)

May 17, 2017
The Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, Jean Oghassabian, announced that the Cabinet approved November 4 as Lebanese Women’s Day. Women in Lebanon gained suffrage on November 4 in 1952, only five years after men did (in the year 1947).

Women’s Minister For Affairs Has Declared A National “Lebanese Women’s Day”

Last night it was announced that Lebanon will celebrate its first Lebanese Women’s Day on November 4th next year. On choosing this date, Jean Ogasapian, Women’s Minister for Affairs noted, “I chose Nov. 4 because on that day a decree was signed by the government giving women the right to vote for the first time.”
It is worth noting that Lebanese women gained the right to vote before Switzerland by almost twenty years. However, that was probably the only notable progression in terms of women’s rights since Lebanese independence in 1943, and currently, there is only one female minister and a few female MP’s.

From stay at home mothers, to women with families and full time jobs, this Lebanese Women’s Day aims to recognise and understand the “struggle of women in Lebanon”, noted Ogasapian, going on to say “we want to show what Lebanese women did for the country.”

Although a small step, it is indeed one in the right direction.
> beirut.com/l/51744

Journée de la femme au Liban

Le gouvernement fait du 4 novembre la Journée de la femme au Liban

“Le ministre d’État pour les Droits de la femme, Jean Oghassabian, a annoncé hier que, suite à une décision du Conseil des ministres, le 4 novembre sera désormais célébré comme la Journée nationale de la femme. Pourquoi cette date ? « Parce que c’est le 4 novembre 1952 que le premier décret stipulant l’amendement de la loi électorale et permettant à la femme libanaise de voter et de se présenter aux élections, a été émis », a-t-il répondu.

M. Oghassabian a dans ce contexte affirmé que son ministère œuvre, en concertation avec les autorités concernées, à « accorder à la femme tous ses droits ». « Le jour où j’ai pris mes fonctions au sein de ce ministère, j’ai su que j’avais un grand défi à relever, parce que je considère que la femme doit bénéficier de tous ses droits », a-t-il ajouté.”

> lorientlejour.com/le-4-novembre-sera-la-journee-de-la-femme-au-liban.html