The workshop in Ubari, sponsored by the Tuareg Women's Awareness and Heritage Organisation, focused on domestic violence against women.
Two workshops were held in the predominantly Tuareg-inhabited city of Ubari, in the Fezzan region of south-eastern Libya. The workshops focused on different types of violence perpetrated against women in Libyan society, emphasising the dynamics and causes of domestic violence, while also mentioning other forms, such as sexual harassment in the public sphere.
“The participants spoke about their personal experiences and it turned out that most of the participants had been subjected to violence. Women wanted solutions and we proposed solutions and recommendations and then concluded the workshop”, said one of the members of the Agus Association carrying out the workshop.
At the end of the workshop, participants found that the instability of the security situation and the absence of a complaint centre are the main obstacles to reducing violence against women. This is in addition to local tribal customs that prevent and dissuade women from seeking help after being subject to gender-based violence. The civil society groups involved thus discussed possible ways to remove those obstacles.
Other similar workshops involved women and their role in Libyan society have been organised by various civil society groups across the country.
For instance, the Sukun Centre for Psychological Care in Zuwarah is helping women deal with negative social phenomena in their communities. Workshops took place in the port city of Zuwarah, which is located in western Libya near the Tunisian border, to provide a space for women to discuss issues pertaining to mental health and psychological well-being.
The Women’s and Youth Empowerment Forum – Peace Ambassadors Project also organised workshops in the city of Zawiya, in the north-west of Libya. The 3-day workshops concentrated on the potential roles that women will have in the reconciliation process in Libya as the civil conflict begins to subside and the national political process continues to develop.