Jounieh women’s race attracts professional athletes, sends message of support to women

Source: The Daily Star
BEIRUT: The women’s race in Mount Lebanon’s town of Jounieh Sunday attracted international professional athletes and sent a message of support to women.

“Lebanese women have proven they have the capacities and potentials in addition to readiness on the psychological, physical, scientific and cultural levels to take part in various activities,” Minister of State for Women Affairs Jean Ogasapian said.

“When I talk about equality, I mean that it should be across the whole communities… in politics and in constitutional institutions and ranks.”

The race was organized by Beirut International Marathon Association under the auspices of President Michel Aoun.

“Women have a lot of ideas to develop the society,” said Aoun’s representative Chantal Aoun Bassil. “They deserve a more prominent status in the social and political domains in Lebanon.”

EU ambassador in Lebanon Christina Lassen and U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag were also present in the race.

“We believe in sports and their impact,” the event’s organizer May Khalil said. “Running drives women to be daring in all aspects of life.”