Wafa Bugaighis

Wafa Bugaighis

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Wafa Bugaighis says: “We women took the reins during the revolution or it would never have succeeded, yet after the situation began to improve, we were pushed aside.” To further women’s political, legal, and social rights, she co-founded and chairs the nonprofit Committee to Support Women’s Participation in Decision-Making, which was recognized by the UN, the Libyan National Election Commission, and the US National Democratic Institute, for contributing to the success of the first Libyan national elections. She also represented Libyan women at the 2011 launch of the US State Department’s Women in Public Service Project, and is a member of the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership initiative.

Ms. Bugaighis is currently the senior representative of the government of Libya to the United States, holding the rank of Chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Libya in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment, she was the Deputy Minister for Political Affairs in the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Bugaighis directed the International Bureau of the National Transitional Council for East Libya’s Ministry of Education. The bureau worked closely with the UN and civil society to ensure that Libya’s youth had access to education as the new government was established.

During the revolution, she volunteered at local hospitals; after the situation stabilized in her hometown of Benghazi, she joined the Local Council Office for Education. Previously, Ms. Bugaighis spent eight years as Deputy Chair of the Nour Al Maarif Education Institute, which served more than 700 Benghazi students each year. She also worked for the Arabian Gulf Oil Company after receiving a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from The Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Last Updated: June 2016