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Libyan activist addresses UN on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict

On 23 April, Inas Miloud, one of the courageous Libyan activists and resource persons in Cordaid’s program Women and youth as Bridgebuilders: Strengthening resilience in Libya, spoke at the annual open debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the UN Security Council. Inas asks for multilateral action on the atrocities that continue to happen in Libya as renewed large-scale fighting engulfs Tripoli.

Inas Miloud (second from the right) with fellow activists during a visit to the Netherlands in February 2018 (© Cordaid / Frank van Lierde)

She also shared her experiences working on grassroots responses to gender-based violence in conflict.

Inas Miloud addressing UN Security Council members (© UN Web TV). Click on this picture to watch Inas’ speech on UN WEB TV (starting at 1:15:30). 

Cases of sexual violence chronically under-reported

Women are particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during conflict. Due to the lack of a functioning government, a weak legal system and the fear of reprisals, SGBV cases remain chronically under-reported, fuelling impunity for perpetrators.

The annual UN Security Council debate on 23 April is held under the presidency of Germany. Other speakers at the open debate include UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, and Nobel Prize Winners Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege. International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is also expected to participate.

The open debate raises awareness of sexual violence in conflict and the persisting culture of impunity in many contexts. Speakers address the role of the UN Security Council in enhancing preventive action and accountability, and will call on the Security Council to ensure full implementation of relevant resolutions on the issue. The Security Council should closely monitor the implementation of key resolutions and integrate the issue into relevant country-specific and cross-cutting thematic resolutions.

Sharing daily experiences in Libya with Security Council

Inas spoke on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. As co-founder and chairperson of the Tamazight Women Movement, she has worked with indigenous women and girls affected by SGBV in Libya since 2011. In partnership with seven other Libyan organisations and two Dutch partners, Tamazight Women Movement collected more than 120 stories from Libyan women and men about their daily safety and their experiences of SGBV. Inas will integrate these experiences in her speech to the Security Council.

You can download a written copy of Inas’ speech here.  This speech contains Inas’ own messages, which do not necessary reflect Cordaid’s opinions and positions.

Read more

Do you want to read more about Inas Miloud and the work she does? You can read a full interview with Inas here.

Read more about other dedicated Libyan activists active in the programme: Rida Al Tubuly and Asma Khalifa

Tamazight Women Movement is a partner of the programme Women and Youth as Bridgebuilders: Strengthening Resilience in Libya, implemented by eight Libyan civil society organisations and two Dutch NGOs (Cordaid and Human Security Collective). The program is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of the 3rd National Action Plan 1325 (referring to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 requiring parties in conflict to prevent violations of women’s rights, support women’s participation in peace negotiations and reconstruction, and protect women and girls from SGBV).