At A Glance

The General Assembly of NCLW is composed of 24 members appointed by the Council of ministers by decree for a renewable three-year term. Women members of the Parliament and ministers are considered ex-officio members of NCLW during their term and have a consultative status. NCLW has an Executive Bureau comprised of eight members elected by the General Assembly from its members. The President of the Republic appoints the president of NCLW. The current NCLW president is the Lebanese First Lady Mrs. Wafa Sleiman, Mrs. Randa Assi Berri and Mrs. May Mikati are vice-presidents. NCLW members work through permanent and ad hoc committees in submitting program proposals to the Executive Bureau, as well as following up and monitoring projects and activities that are being implemented. The permanent committees are the following: Legislative Committee, Economics and Labor Committee, Education and Youth Committee, Studies and Documentation Committee, Media and Public Relations Committee, Health and Environment Committee, and finally Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The budget of NCLW is allocated from the budget of the Presidency of the Council of ministers as well as from financial aid and donations received from international organizations.

NCLW Mission

As defined by law, NCLW has 3 missions: consultative, coordinative and executive.

The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) is an official institution affiliated to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. NCLW was established in 1998 to promote women’s rights in the Lebanese society and enhance gender mainstreaming in public institutions. NCLW is the key actor who initiated the establishment and adoption of the ten years “National Strategy for Women in Lebanon (2011-2021)” that aims to empower women and insure gender equality in the social, political, economic and legal spheres. Since its inception, NCLW has developed strong partnerships with local, regional and international organizations, and became a key contributor to the promotion of women and gender issues in Lebanon. NCLW carries out various projects to improve the status of women, and to establish equal opportunities for men and women in Lebanon.

NCLW Objectives

  • Implement gender mainstreaming in public administrations through actions and mechanisms enforcing and institutionalizing Gender Focal Points’ (GFPs) network in Lebanese public administrations and institutions;
  • Oversee the implementation of the goals of international instruments and conventions Lebanon has ratified;
  • Create a knowledge data-base that will enable various stakeholders to monitor the progress in and challenges of advancing gender equality and women’s human rights in Lebanon.
  • Foster networking and cooperation on issues related to gender mainstreaming between Lebanese non-governmental institutions and public institutions.
  • Encourage the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices related to women issues on different levels through NCLW’s strong partnerships with international local and regional organizations and partners to promote women’s and gender advancement ;
  • Facilitate access to knowledge through NCLW library with resources available in French, English and Arabic;