- Region: Middle East
- Country / Conflict-Affected Area: Libya
- Position: Director
- Organization: International Bureau of the National Transitional Council, Ministry of Education
- Expertise: Conflict Prevention, Democracy, Political Participation, and Governance
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 cofounded 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.
Since February 2011, Ms. Bugaighis has directed the International Bureau of the National Transitional Council for East Libya’s Ministry of Education. The bureau works closely with the UN and civil society to ensure that Libya’s youth have access to education as the new government is being 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: January 2013