The European Union (EU) confirmed that it will continue to support the role of women in Libya’s peace process, democratic transformation, and economic recovery.
In a statement, it said: “In Libya, women have long been active change-makers and drivers for peace and reconciliation. Today, Libyan women not only claim their seats in government and public decision-making, but are also innovators and entrepreneurs pushing forward the country’s economic development.”
“In this regard, we welcome the commitment of Libya, confirmed at the conferences for Libya in Berlin and Paris, to emphasize the role and rights of women and their full, meaningful and equal participation in political and public life,” the statement added.
The EU explained that Tripoli’s Court of Appeal’s recent temporary suspension of the memorandum of understanding with the United Nations on Women, Peace, and Security has been a setback for many Libyans. Especially for those who have been advocating for equal participation of women in Libya’s conflict resolution.
“We will continue to support those loud Libyan voices who tirelessly work for Libyan women to take their rightful part in Libya’s peace process, democratic transition, and economic recovery,” it said.
The statement noted that equal and meaningful participation in peace and security is linked to their protection, their families, and their communities. “We cannot have one without the other.” It stressed that both men and women are needed to build a prosperous future for their children
The EU pointed out that promoting equal opportunities, gender equality, and the protection of women’s rights are at the heart of the EU’s partnerships with countries around the world.
“This is also true for Libya, where the EU and its member states support many initiatives to protect women and girls, promote their equal access to education and economic opportunities, and realise their full, equal and meaningful participation to all levels of decision-making without fear.”
“On the occasion of the 2022 International Women’s Day, we extend our warm wishes to all women and girls in Libya and renew our commitment to stand by their sides to #BreakTheBias,” it concluded.