On 1 December, Cordaid and partners will host an online event to launch the research paper that was produced by Libyan women and youth organizations in partnership with two international partners. The research paper is based on 124 stories on the daily lived realities in Libya, collected by 32 women and youth activists.
For more information and the full program, read the concept note here.
After registration, you will receive a zoom link to join the meeting.
The main language of the event is English, but simultaneous translation from and into Arabic will be available.
We present to you our report during a pandemic that has brought significant changes to all our lives. Covid-19 has clearly shown us that the ‘security’ of people and communities, as opposed to the security of states, must include health, food, economic, environmental, personal, community and political security. If we acknowledge that a pandemic does not recognize jurisdictions and borders, and as we respond to the emergency and the immediate needs of the people and communities impacted by it, we must recognize that Human Security is a universal concern.
During the expert meeting event and launch of the report, we will bring together Libyan Women and Youth activists from our network to present and discuss the findings of the research, which focuses on the daily safety needs in their communities. They will share how the situation in Libya has developed in the time after the stories were collected. They will also share their recommendations to policy decisions makers to support the development of meaningful engagements and interventions in Libya.
Asma Khalifa is a Libyan activist and researcher. In 2015 she co-founded Tamazight Women Movement, a think/do tank that aims to research and advocate on women’s rights issues in Libya and North Africa. It was the first indigenous women’s movement in Libya. In 2016, Asma received the Luxembourg Peace Prize during The World Peace Forum and in 2017 she was named as one of the 100 most influential young Africans by the Africa Youth awards. In 2018 she started her PhD at the German Institute for Global Area Studies, researching the impact of war on agency and inter-gender relations.
Ahmed Ferraj is an active member of the Fezzan Libya Organization (FLO), based in the South of Libya. FLO is a community based organization that carries out peace building work in the region of Sabha. As a member of this organization, Ahmed played a notable role in the story collection process, both in the collection as analyses of the stories. He has also been the driving force behind the Economic Bazar project. The project focusses on empowering and capacitating women and connect these women successfully with business men to sell their products (such as sweets, dress fittings) on the market.
Dr. Rida Altubuly is an activist and Professor of Pharmacology at faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tripoli. After the liberation of Tripoli in 2011, she co-founded “Maan Nabneeha Movement: Together We Build It”, an NGO that works towards the promotion of human rights and women’s political & economic empowerment. TWBI founded the 1325 network, a collective of civil society organisations that looks to implement UNSCR1325. She co-authored the first civil report on the UNSCR1325. On 16th of October 2019, the BBC named Dr. Rida Altubuly as one of 100 most influential women around the world for 2019.
After the inputs from the key note speakers, a broader group of our Libyan partners will share further reflections on the research in a participatory manner, followed by room for Q&A.
This event is organized together with Al Nour; Fezzan Libya Organization; Goodness has Brought us Together; Makers of Hope; I am Libyan, but my Child is Not; Tamazight Women Movement; Together We Build It; and Human Security Collective.