Law of NCLW
National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) strives to assure equality between women and men in all aspects. The gender equality issue is an important issue, as it is directly related to the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights set forth in the various international conventions signed and ratified by the Lebanese government.
National Commission for Lebanese Women is an official body, which was established in 1998 by law 720, and is directly affiliated to the presidency of the Council of ministers.
As a National Women Machinery, NCLW works on enhancing the status of women and ensuring equal opportunities between men and women. NCLW acts as the consultative body of the government and of national councils and institutions on all issues related to the status of women including gender-based issues.
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.