Ensuring Women’s Equal Participation in the Humanitarian, Peace and Transitional Recovery Processes in Libya

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Even though Libyan women were at the forefront of the Libyan uprising, they have since been marginalized in the political and transitional processes, despite being guaranteed equality under the Libyan Law. Libya ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1989, however a number of reservations were held, notably in terms of equality and nationality laws.

As the Spring Forward for Women programme is ending, it has been agreed with the European Union to provide support to Libyan women by mobilizing other actors to continue supporting women’s equal and active political engagement and participation. Building on work conducted by UN Women and other actors, UN Women will host a meeting to discuss four main tracks developed to respond to the UNSCR 1325 and related Resolutions’ framework. 

The agenda’s main focus will be on securing spaces for women’s equal and active engagement in the humanitarian, peace and transitional processes, through the four tracks agreed upon:

  • rebuilding the state,
  • protection,
  • prevention and
  • participation.

The one-day meeting aims to bring to the forefront the urgency of re-positioning women in the humanitarian, peace and transition processes and leverage policy and programme commitments towards their meaningful participation. 

The expected result of the meeting is two-fold: 

  • The international community and Libyan women reaffirm the importance of ensuring an increased participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making on Libya
  • Identify concrete implementable actions to be undertaken by represented stakeholders.