Human Rights

Libyans stand against violence against women

North Africa

The Nawah Forum has organised a 16-day campaign across Libya to spread awareness about violence against women. Libyan Civil Society Organisations across the country have welcomed this campaign.

In commemoration for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, citizens in the municipality of Tobruk in Libya, made a stand against violence against women. The vigil that took place included the launch of a campaign titled “Know Your Rights,” which included both women and men who showed their solidarity against violence against women. The attendees also called for a conference to be held in Tobruk, to educate citizens about women’s rights.

“Today is the first day of the 16-day campaign for 2018. This is the second year in which the Nawah forum has held this campaign,” said Sana’ Mohammed Ju’ouda, the Director of the Nawah Forum. “The campaign was launched on 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10th of December.”

In the Libyan city of Benghazi, citizens also commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. As part of the Women’s Development and Enhancement Project, civil society organisations partnered with the United Nations’ Housing Fund and the National Agency of Libyan Amazigh, to launch a 16-day project aimed at educating citizens about the issue.

“Today, we launched a 16-day campaign to eliminate violence against women,” said Aisha Qunni a representative from the Majal Service for Social and Psychological Support. “I delivered our first lecture under the title of gender-based violence.”

This show of solidarity with women across Libya reflects the Libyan people’s awareness of the dangers of gender-based violence in the country. Since the political state of the country is not entirely stable, civil society organisations are attempting to fill the void left by the state, in tackling and preventing societal violence against women.

Over the past year, local and international organisations have been attempting to provide support for women facing abuse and psychological traumas due to the wars that they have witnessed.

These educational campaigns, which seek to heal society after years of conflict, need to be encouraged to help build a stable Libya.