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Lebanon Appointed its First-Ever Woman Ambassador to the UN

Two other women ambassadors were also appointed.

Lebanon appointed its first-ever woman ambassador to the United Nations, along with two other female ambassadors to the UNESCO and Jordan, Annahar reported.

The news came as part of new diplomatic appointments announced by the country's Council of Ministers during a Cabinet session held at the Baabda Presidential Palace.

The appointment of the three women ambassadors comes a few weeks after Lebanon's government officials failed to pass a women's quota law.

Without an official quota law, a rise in female representation in parliament cannot be guaranteed and women's role in Lebanese politics will continue to be limited and marginalized.

However, the latest move can be seen as a step forward for women in the country.

Who are the three women ambassadors?

Dr Amal Mudallali - Lebanon's first-ever female UN ambassador
Dr. Amal Mudallali was appointed as Lebanon's UN ambassador; she's the first Lebanese female to ever hold the position.

According to Annahar, Mudallali graduated from the American University of Beirut with a degree in Political Sciences.

She later continued her education, achieving another degree in Political Communication from the University of Maryland in the U.S.

Mudallali is considered one of the most prominent researchers at the Woodrow Wilson Research Center in the U.S. Her research is focused on the Middle East and North Africa.

One of Mudallali's earliest career posts included working as Annahar Newspaper's Washington correspondent.

She was also late Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri's foreign media advisor.


Tracy Chamoun - Lebanon's new ambassador to Jordan
Tracy Chamoun is a Lebanese-Australian author and political activist, who was appointed as the country's ambassador to Jordan.

She is the daughter of Dany Chamoun, the assassinated former leader of the National Liberal Party and Patti Morgan Chamoun, an Australian fashion model and actress.

She is also the granddaughter of Lebanon's late president Camille Chamoun.

An award winning author and activist, Chamoun is considered the first Lebanese woman to create and head a political party - "The Liberal Democratic Movement."

The head of the Dani Chamoun Foundation also ran for the country's elections in 2013.

Following her appointment as ambassador to Jordan, Chamoun released a statement expressing her happiness at the news and promising that she will loyally represent her country.


Sahar Baassiri - Lebanon's new UNESCO ambassador
Baassiri is a Lebanese author and journalist based in New York; she was appointed as Lebanon's ambassador to UNESCO.

She is the holder of a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Baassiri worked for Annahar newspaper between 1981 and 2009 and was also United Press International's Beirut correspondent between 1989 and 1991.

She has authored two books in Arabic; both were published by Dar An-Nahar in 2009.

Three years ago, the successful journalist was elected as President of the International Women Forum at the UN.

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