Libyan women battle for empowerment

BBC: They helped smuggle weapons and ammunition to fighters during the revolution. Now, Libyan women have their own battle to fight – for empowerment.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” says Sara Mazik, from Women for Libya, a new group of women who have recently returned from exile. Women now head two ministries in the new government – health and social affairs.

Salha Soussi, smartly dressed in a head scarf, high heels and a modest black gown, is unimpressed. “That is not very good for us,” she says. “But we are going to push for the inclusion of more women in the future. And we’re going to make sure it happens.”

New generation: Libya is a deeply conservative, male-dominated society where wedding parties and public gatherings are often segregated, and men traditionally take the political decisions. Read more


Categories: Africa, Libya, Women Rights

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