Libyan Women Under-Represented in Running the New Libya

Libya has announced the lineup for a transitional government that will draft a constitution and prepare the country for elections, trying to ensure that the demands of regional and political factions were met, but women say they remain seriously under-represented in the new government.

Only two women are included in the 20-strong group of ministers. They have been assigned the so-called traditional female roles of health and social affairs. In the scores of government councils created in cities and towns there are hardly any women present. They were expecting a larger representation.

Salha Saddik Soussi from the Libya Women’s Alliance said: “We’re really frustrated there’s not more female representation. It’s very important that women have a role in writing the new constitution.”

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