KARAMAH had the distinct pleasure of meeting with a distinguished delegation of Libyan women March 19, who were traveling to the US in part to deliver a panel at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This delegation including lawyers, civil service officers, researchers and leaders in the non-profit sector, had just concluded consultations at the UN as part of a panel March 14, entitled “Libya’s Forgotten Women Speak Up”. It was sponsored by The Libyan Forum for Civil Society, the Libyan Mission to the UN, and the UN Women.
The principal goals of the delegation were sharing Libyan women’s perspective on issues related to women and the latest developments in Libya and building relationships to ensure further support in the future. The delegation discussed the different duties, roles and actions that women inside and outside Libya undertook on the political, humanitarian, media and financial fronts. They also elaborated on human rights violations against Libyan women, the absence of legal protections and discussed to what degree attitudes regarding the role of women have influenced the space given to them by the government since the end of the war. More importantly, they wanted to steer the discussion towards what the role international NGOs can play in helping Libyan women in this critical transitional phase.
KARAMAH is continuing to work and collaborate with this incredible group to further their initiatives and goals, and has invited all of the women to apply for the annual Law and Leadership Summer Program (LLSP).