This article, by Network member Alaa Murabit, was originally posted on The Weekly Wonk. I am an arms dealer in Libya, but my weapons reduce violence and last longer than a bullet. As the founder of the Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), a women’s rights organization focused on peace and security, the tools I use […]
In Libya’s national elections last July—the first time citizens voted for a representative government in 60 years—women won 17% of the seats. This unprecedented number was thanks in no small part to activists like Wafa Bugaighis, cofounder and chair of the Committee to Support Women’s Participation in Decision Making, who led campaigns to encourage women’s […]
Alaa Murabit was on the “Most Wanted” list of female activists during the revolution in her hometown of Zawia, Libya. Undeterred, she travels the world and her country demanding that Libyan women have a say in governing their new democracy. “This is not just women fighting for women. This is society fighting for society.” Alaa […]
“To have a sustainable peace process, we can’t only bring the men with guns to the table; we must also have women.” So says Alaa Murabit, founder of Voice of Libyan Women, in this video for Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Murabit and Inclusive Security Founder and Chair Ambassador Swanee Hunt sat down before a panel […]
Twenty-six Libyan civil society activists representing five cities across Libya’s three regions gathered in Tripoli to discuss women’s role in drafting and ratifying the Libyan constitution. They reviewed international processes for drafting constitutions in transitioning states, discussed Libyan realities and interests, and devised recommendations to ensure meaningful inclusion of women in the drafting of the […]
Alaa Murabit speaks about her disappointment with the transitional government and her hopes for Libya’s political future. Congratulations to Alaa Murabit of Libya on being named a finalist for the Trust Women Hero Award! Alaa is 1 of 9 chosen from 170 nominated women from all over the world. Alaa became well known as an […]
Amina Megheirbi, a women’s rights activist from Libya, spoke to Inclusive Security staff in late February 2012 about the importance of communication between women in the different countries which were part of the Arab Spring. Now that many of the nations are rebuilding, Ms. Megheirbi believes those women should share experiences, especially regarding women’s inclusion […]
As a member of a Libyan delegation to Washington, DC, in late February 2012, Amina Megheirbi spoke to policymakers about the need for women to be involved in the sweeping changes her nation faces. She speaks about including women in drafting the new constitution, reforming the security sector, and disarming and reintegrating revolutionaries.
Supported by The Institute for Inclusive Security, Amina Megheirbi traveled to Washington, DC, in February 2012. She met with policymakers and emphasized the need for women to be included in the reconstruction of Libya.
In late February, 2012, Inclusive Security supported Libyan women to travel to Washington, DC, to advocate on an international stage for women’s rights in Libya. Alaa Murabit, a young activist who was born in Canada to Libyan immigrants and who later returned to Libya, provides a firsthand account of women’s roles during the Libyan Arab […]