Cordaid, Human Security Collective in partnership with eight Libyan women and youth organisations have launched a new research paper on Libya, based on 124 stories about the daily realities in Libya, collected by women and youth activists.
The report exhibits a unique account of how the conflict in Libya developed and what it meant for the people experiencing the conflict: the insecurities, the deterioration of services and infrastructure, the increase of weapons and armed groups, and the decrease in jobs.
Elevating the voices of marginalised groups
The people-centred perspective of this report is unique as it elevates the voices of marginalised groups. Youth and women take centre stage.
During and after the story collection process, we have organised plenary workshops to jointly reflect on the data. The sessions included the participation of Libyan activists that collected the stories on the ground. The participants translated the quantitative data into graphs and percentages to visualize any salient patterns. These patterns were backed up by the actual stories, which we categorized by key themes.
“There were no sounds but the sound of the wind and some gunshots from time to time just to remind you that you are in a warzone.”
By combining quantitative and qualitative methods we were able to identify overarching trends across communities. In drafting this report, partners were further consulted for input on context and recommendations. This participatory process lends credibility to our analysis as it ensures that the analysis of the stories truly reflects the local realities and interpretations and that the recommendations reflect the priorities of Libyan communities.
“The situation was really scary. Homes around us caught fire, the nearby kindergarten was smashed down, and snipers were shooting from all directions.”
For more stories about the work of Libyan CSO’s and activists from the Women and Youth as Bridge Builders program, you can also read the interviews with Dr Rida Al Tubuly, Asma Khalifa or Sarah Mizran.
Also, check out this article and policy brief about the everyday risks an challenges that Libyan CSO’s face while undertaking their important work.