UNSMIL Reveals Recommendations of Meetings with Libyan Women

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced on Monday the recommendations of its four dialogue sessions, within the course of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF).

These four consultative sessions were held in October, on the importance of the effective participation of Libyan women in the coming political stage.

In its statement, UNSMIL revealed that 120 women from various political parties, blocs, initiatives, academies, civil societies, media professionals, and legal experts participated in these advisory sessions. The sessions included participants representing the Amazigh, Tuareg, and Tebu, as well as displaced and expatriate women, with a participation rate of young women being nearly 40%.

The participants agreed on a set of demands, the most important of which are the representation and participation of women in legislative, executive, and service sovereign positions, by not less than 30%. This includes the need for the new election law to include a female quota, of no less than 30%.

These recommendations were reviewed during the first virtual meeting of the LPDF, held on 26 October. The recommendations are scheduled to be discussed by the participants in the forum, to be held on 9 November in Tunis.

UNSMIL’s Acting Head, Stephanie Williams, encouraged the women to use their influence to persuade the participants in the forum so that these recommendations and demands are taken into account. “This will ensure the effective participation of Libyan women in shaping the future of their country,” the text of the mission statement explained.