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Parliament session in Sirte, Libya on 9 March 2021 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images]
Friday, March 18, 2022
Why does Libya's incoming government have only two female ministers?
On 1 March, Libya's Tobruk-based Parliament voted in a new cabinet led by former Interior Minister, Fathi Bashaga, and its 29 ministers, six State Ministers and three Deputy Prime Ministers have all taken their constitutional oath. However it is...
Hunaida Tumia, one of only two women to run in Libya's first presidential election, checks her phone during an interview with Reuters in Tripoli, Libya, on December 1, 2021.REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed
Wednesday, December 08, 2021
Of 98 presidential candidates in Libya, just two are women challenging norms
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - When political activist Laila ben Khalifa announced she was standing in Libya’s presidential race, she said the most common response was sexist jokes and patronising comments. Even when she met one of her male rivals in the Dec....
Una mujer libia porta una bandera nacional en la capital, Trípoli, el 25 de febrero de 2021. Mahmud Turkia/AFP
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Leila ben Khalifa becomes first woman to run for Libyan presidency
Leila ben Khalifa, an activist who heads the National Movement party, became the first woman to run in the presidential elections in Libya on Monday after she submitted her papers to run in the election, according to Arabic-language media. Over 65...
Deepening Stabilization in Libya: Overcoming Challenges to Young Women's Participation in Peace Building
Friday, January 15, 2021
Deepening Stabilization in Libya: Overcoming Challenges to Young Women's Participation in Peace Building
As Libya struggles with continued political conflict and economic turmoil amid the COVID-19 pandemic, young women who want to contribute to peacebuilding, political processes, and economic reconstruction face serious obstacles. Their marginalization...
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Norway supports UN Women to advance Libyan women’s participation in peacebuilding and political processes
With generous support from the Government of Norway, UN Women will intensify its efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Libya at this critical juncture. The Government of Norway has contributed USD 570,000 to UN Women Libya to...
Friday, November 13, 2020
Prominent Libyan lawyer Hanan al-Barassi gunned down in Benghazi
Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord has condemned the killing of prominent Libyan lawyer and women's rights activist Hanan al-Barassi, who was gunned down by armed men Tuesday in the eastern city of Benghazi. Her killing in Benghazi,...
Monday, November 02, 2020
EU deepens efforts to engage Libyan women in politics
In a statement on Friday, the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Libya and the Ambassadors of EU Member States accredited to Libya reiterated their aid for the country's "full and meaningful inclusion and participation of women in the peace...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Libyan women at the frontline of war, but with no seat at the peace table
On April 4, General Khalifa Haftar advanced with his Libyan National Army (LNA) on Tripoli in an attempt to take over the capital from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).  Prime Minister Fayez Serraj who leads the GNA described the...
Friday, April 01, 2016
IRIN reports on the situation of migrant women in Libya
IRIN Contributor Tom Westcott analyzes the situation in Libya, where women are suffering different abuses. In an environment where the State has been weakened, smugglers populate the place. In declarations made to IRIN, a 19-year-old girl from...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Me and my country, 5 years into the Arab uprisings: Zahra' Langhi from Libya
Libyan scholar and activist Zahra Langhi, whom iKNOW Politics interviewed in 2015, lives in exile in Egypt. She was among those who called for a "Day of Anger" against Muammar Gaddafi in February 2011. Five years later, she looks back at the Libyan...
Friday, January 22, 2016
Alaa Murabit
This written interview was originally published on 12 January 2016 here by AWID. The interview was conducted and edited by Isabel Marler. Women were at the forefront of the pro-democracy protests in Libya in 2011, which, after escalating into civil...
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Women of Libya Present Action Plan for Peace
On 10 November 2015, a diverse and geographically representative group of 38 Libyan women activists joined their efforts in presenting the Libyan Women Action Plan for Peace and their shared vision to the international community. These Libyan women...
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
We count on your leadership to tackle the barriers that remain for Arab women says Executive Director at Beijing+20 regional review
 Cairo– At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action...
Women in Libya
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Charter of Libyan Women's constitutional rights
Although Libyan women compose half of the population and were at the forefront of the February 17th revolution, among the tragedies of the transition period has been the severe blow to women’s rights. This has included previously unparalleled crimes...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Libyan human rights activist Salwa Bughaighis killed
A prominent Libyan human rights lawyer and activist has been assassinated in her home in Benghazi. Armed men fought their way into the house of Salwa Bughaighis before shooting her. Ms Bughaighis was an outspoken critic of many of the armed groups,...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Libyan women’s rights advocate Salwa Abugaigis assassinated
Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late Wednesday, hospital and security sources said. “Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Council of Representatives Elections in Libya
On June 25, Libyans return to the polls for the second time this year to elect 200 members to the Council of Representatives (CoR).There are a total of 1,714 candidates registered, including 149 candidates running for 32 seats reserved for women...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Libya Status of Women Report 2013
As Libya transitions out of the 42-year autocratic rule of the Muammar Qaddafi regime, an urgent theme has emerged: the need to safeguard women’s participation as Libya codifies human rights in national legislation and establishes government...

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