Lebanon's current parliament has a paltry number of female members. But now, 11 percent of the candidates contesting in the first parliamentary elections in a decade are women.

Posters with Lebanese parliament candidates are seen on a building in Beirut, Lebanon April 23, 2018.
Posters with Lebanese parliament candidates are seen on a building in Beirut, Lebanon April 23, 2018. (Reuters)

A record number of women will be contesting Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in almost a decade. 

Almost 1,000 candidates are taking part, and 11 percent are women.

There are only four female members in the current parliament of 128.

And as TRT World's Francis Collings finds, many of the female candidates hope this will be starting point for a more inclusive political system.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies