Lobby for the appointment of these MINISTERS (ladies first)
Posted by worriedlebanese on 28/06/2009
Minister of Cultural innovation, Heritage, Media and Communication
Christine Tohmé. She is a cultural organiser, born in Beirut in 1964. She founded Ashkal Alwan in 1994, a Lebanese Association for the Plastic Arts. It is a non-profit organisation that initiates and supports the production of contemporary artistic practice and provides a grounding for critical reflection and theory with the aim of promoting free thought and critical discourse in Lebanon.
Minister of Green economy and environmental affairs
Nayla Tueini. Lebanon’s youngest MP. Also known as the smurf because of the poster she used during her electoral campaign. Heir to three political families. Her grandfather (Michel Murr) and her grandmother’s brother (Marwan Hamade) are both MPs. She inherited her parliamentary seat from her father, Gibran Tueni who was savagely assassinated in 2005. She also replaced him in the family’s Newspaper. An-Nahar (Lebanon’s most prestigious Newspaper… which says a lot about the quality of our Press).
Minister of Social solidarity and governance.
Layla Solh Hemadé. She is the vice-president of Al-Walid bin Talal Foundation, and was Lebanon’s first woman minister. Born in Beirut in 1946, she is the daughter of the former Prime Minister Riyadh Solh.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation is a charitable and philanthropic organization established by Sauid Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal (nephew of Leila Solh)
Ministry of Administrative Affairs
Ghinwa Jalloul. Computer engineer, Professor of Computer Science at the American University of Beirut. She was born in 1962. She was a Future Movement MP from 2000 to 2009 (Beirut 3, Sunni Seat).
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fadia Kiwan. Professor of political science, Director of the Institute of political science (St Joseph University). Former Secretary of the National Bloc (under Raymond Edde). She is also a prominent researcher and activist in the field of human rights and advocacy activities in building democracy. She is a Member of the Executive Council of the National Commission for Lebanese women.
Lebanese Diplomacy is in much needed change. Fadia Kiwan is probably one of the few women in Lebanon who could pull off such a job.
Minister of Education.
Salwa Saniora Baasiri. She is Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission, and sister of outgoing Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
Minister of Remembrance & Reconciliation.
Bahia Hariri. Obviously. Born in 1952, she became a teacher (1970- 1979), then she headed the Hariri Foundation, founded by her brother Rafik Hariri. She was first elected to the parliament in 1992 (Saida, Sunni Seat), and has held this seat ever since. She is Minister of Education in the outgoing Cabinet (2008-2009).
I would have obviously preferred Wadad Halawani (head of the Committee of the Kidnapped and Missing in Lebanon), or Rabab Sadr Charafeddine, Mussa Sadr’s sister and Director, Imam Al Sadr Foundation (Beirut & Tyre). But I think Bahia Hariri has a better chance of creating such a ministry.
Minister of Justice.
Denise Khoury (judge) or Alia Zein (lawyer).