Empowering Libyan women

29-10-2014 12:32 AM

Mary Fikry

The Swedish Institute in Alexandria (SwedAlex) in partnership with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), UN Women Arab States Regional Office in Cairo and the Egyptian Feminist Union are this week organising a workshop on “Empowering Libyan Women to Demand their Rights in the Constitution: Learning from Good Practices.”
The workshop runs in Cairo from 27 till 30 October; and brings together 30 Libyan women representing the West, East, South and women from the different diverse components of the Libyan society.
Libya has started drafting its first constitution post the revolution. This is a historical time for Libyans, in particular women, who are inspired by change and are determined to make their demands visible in the Constitution.
The four- day workshop will empower Libyan women through learning from Egyptian women’s organisations how to best advocate and lobby for their rights through exposure to the Egyptian CSOs who played key roles in the Constitution drafting process; and to capture lessons learnt including challenges faced to integrate women’s rights in the constitution.
The workshop will moreover enhance networking with Egyptian women organisations.

Watani International
28 October 2014

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