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Lebanon > Civic and Political Participation Topic Brief

Lebanon civic and political partipation rates are similar to those in Yemen and Morocco in that they too are rarely active in organizations or activities, but have high voter turnout on election day. While 80% of women reported having voted in the June 2009 parliamentary elections, only 24% reported having participated in an activitiy over the past 12 months, and 26% reported being a member of an organization. This topic brief presents the main findings from the SWMENA survey in Lebanon on civic and political participation. It includes an analysis of the extent of civic engagement throughout Lebanon through membership in different types of organizations and taking part in different activities to express opinions on political and social issues. Voting behavior is also explored in reference to participation in the most recent parliamentary elections in June 2009, as well as women’s opinions about policy priorities and factors influencing their voting choices. 

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