Minister of Information Melhem Riachi said Sunday he was betting on the presence of women in politics in order to develop society and create a new Levant.

Riachi’s words came at the closing ceremony of the “Pioneering Women” Organization’s Project on “Women in Leadership” supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands, which was held at the Movenpick Hotel in Beirut.

The closing day included two dialogue sessions, the first focusing on the role of women in the media and information sector, attended by the Information Minister who responded to questions from participating university students.

Riachi praised the presence of women in the media, noting that the country was in need of a culture that contributes to change and development of society, and boosts women’s existence.

“We are counting on the presence of women in politics to develop society and create a new Levant,” he said.

Referring to corruption that plagues society, Riachi called on women to take effective action in the fields of education, especially that motherhood was one of God’s secrets.

Touching on the female role in the media, he noted that women are responsible, more than men, for shaping and training public opinion.

Riachi criticized the lack of cultural and educational programs on TV channels, with the exception of the national television that is a weak channel.

He pointed out that the new media law evokes the need to oblige television channels to reserve educational segments to address the new generations.

On women’s contribution to the preparation of programs and political dialogues, Riachi stressed that “women are present in the preparation of programs and in the writing of television series,” adding, “the media is the key to the leadership of women in politics.”

In this connection, Riachi rejected programs that insult women as a consumer member through offensive expressions and remarks, disclosing that he had asked the management of a TV channel to eliminate any expressions that are harmful to the image of women.

He also pointed out that a law on media ethics was submitted to Parliament since the media does not abide by a code of honor, so this law was introduced similar to the law on medical ethics.

“What is needed is to change the image of women in Lebanon and the Arab world,” stressed Riachi.

Source: National News Agency