LWF Events and Activities




1. We must participate

Date: 15/04/2012

A round table discussion held for the prospective female candidates for the 2012 GNC elections. Her Excellency the Ambassador of Portugal’s wife attended as guest speaker. The meeting discussed the candidates’ concerns and ways to support their efforts and network amongst them. The session also provided information on election registration procedures and the election rules.



2. Democratic Transition and Gender in Libya and Tunis

Date: 05/05/2012

This event was addressing the political participation of women, sharing lessons learned, good practices and success stories from Libya’s neighboring country of Tunisia. Influential political activists from Tunisia and Libya addressed over 70 participants including female and male activists, and representatives from the media.



3. Lessons Learned post GNC elections

Date: 17 to 20/07/2012

A three day event attended by women activists, NGO representatives, and female GNC candidates to draw out the lessons learned from the GNC electoral process and election results. Later, LWF was invited by NDI to present our conclusions. LWF also participated in a regional event held in Cairo to exchange these election experiences with NGOs from Tunisia and Egypt.



4. Libyan Women Political Participation

Date: 18 to 20/10/2012

LWF organized this three day event to present and discuss the status of women’s political participation in Libya.

On the first day a round table discussion was held. Four local speakers gave presentations on:

  • Conclusions of women’s opinions on the GNC election results
  • Libyan Women: Past and Present
  • The role of Libyan women in human development and the gender gap
  • Women’s Entitlements in the Constitution

This event was attended by 80 people including male and female activists, community leaders, scholars and the media.

The second part consisted of a two day workshop attended by 43 activists that represented over 20 local NGOs from Benghazi, Sirt, Musrata, Ghat, Obari, UmAlaranb, Sabah, Murzoqu, Alkoufra, Alghoumas, and greater Tripoli. This was in addition to community leaders, scholars and media. The workshop was concluded with the instantiation of the “My Rights” campaign (see Projects).



5. The Constitution that We Want

Date: 14 to 15/11/2012

This activity was attended by 45 participants including women activists, local stakeholders and representatives of international organizations working in Libya.

We discussed the challenges facing women in promoting women’s rights, including those faced from a religious prospective. Discussion particularly centered on the concepts of wilaya (authority), khawama (protection and guardianship) and some of the Fatwa (semi-official religious law) related issues.



6. The Centre of Excellence Reception

Date: 27/04/2013

To share and celebrate the official opening of the Centre of Excellence to Mainstream Women in Democratization Process, LWF held an exclusive reception at the new LWF office and Centre premises. The Ambassador of Canada, a UNSMIL representative and members of the press also attended the event. During the course of the afternoon, guests were informed about the project and the UNDEF grant secured by LWF. In addition, a number of speeches were given by key actors involved with the project.



7. Constitutionalizing women's rights in Libya

Date: 06/19/2013

LWF was invited by the Federation of Civil Society in Aziza to attend and present at their consultation meeting. The meeting was held at the Aziza local council and attended by members of the Federation and community leaders, including the head of the local council and the Aziza GNC member. LWF presented on the constitution making process, and the Alliance for Embedding Women’s Rights in the Constitution (see Projects). This was followed by an extensive discussion on the Constitution Election Law and local council elections.



8. Draft Constitution Committee Law

Date: 16/06/2013

A round table discussion organized by LWF to discuss the recent election draft law issued by the election drafting committee. A number of CSO representatives, political actors and two GNC members attended the event. On June 23, LWF presented a memorandum to the chairman of the election drafting committee addressing concerns with the proposed electoral system, constituencies and internal regulations.



9. Consultation meeting: Constitution Committee Election Law

Date: 22/07/2013

Following up on the issue of the election Law, a consultation meeting held at the LWF office attended by a number of civil society activists, political party representatives and three GNC members, to discuss and respond to the constitution election law that had been passed by the GNC.



10. Program for Women’s Professional Skills Training

Date: 09/2013

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) and Libyan Women Forum collaborated in the implementation of professional skills training for Libyan women professionals and civil society advocates. The skills training aimed to enhance women’s participation in the constitution drafting process and judicial reform through the implementation of three independent leadership courses. All the training was conducted in September 2013:

  • Professional Skills for Female Legislators: 7th and 8th September. Participants also included nominees and advisors to the Constitution Committee of 60 from Tripoli.
  • Professional Skills for Female Members of the Judiciary: 9th and 18th September. Participants included female judges and lawyers from Tripoli and Benghazi.
  • Constitutional Workshop combined with Transitional Justice Workshop: 14th to 15th and 21st to 22nd September. Participants included female civil society advocates and members of political parties from Sirte, Sebha, Zuwara, and Misrata as well as female judges and lawyers from Benghazi.



11. The elimination of violence against women

Date: 10/12/2013

On the occasion of the 16 days of activism, LWF hosted a one day event to discuss gender based violence. Two key presentations were given:

  • A critical reading of some the articles from Libyan criminal law from a gender perspective.
  • Comparative analysis of international treaties and national laws regarding violence against women



12. Monthly Economic Salon for Business Women – Startups

Date: 30/11/2013

LWF previously initiated a monthly open meeting for women who had completed the Libyan Women Economic Training – LWEE (see Projects). This was the first of such sessions and was followed by a series of meetings on every last Saturday of the month. These sessions were open for all business women who wished to attend but particularly encouraged the attendance of women from startups. The objectives for holding these sessions were to:

  • Network and facilitate consultation sessions by established women business entrepreneurs for the benefit of new business startups by women
  • Exchange information, knowledge, share experiences and discuss challenges facing business women in Libya.
  • Invite experts to respond to and provide free consultation on setting up businesses and address business related issues.
  • Facilitate the establishment of Libyan business women platform.



13. Controversy over new government appointment

Date: 20/06/2014

LWF hosted an official debate session at Al Waddan hotel in Tripoli to provide the public with an opportunity to hear from experienced professionals in the fields of law and politics on the controversy surrounding a law that had been recently passed by the GNC. Enactment of the law would dismiss the legitimacy of the existing government and appoint a new prime minister to form a replacement in its stead. The debate was aired live on TV and shared with a public audience.



14. International Women’s Day

Date: 08/03/2014

On the occasion of International Women's Day, LWF organized a forum held at the Corinthian hotel in Tripoli with the theme “Libyan women during the democratic transition”. Following the welcoming speech, the deputy in charge of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) presented an official statement as key note speaker, on behalf of Mr. Tarik Mitri. Four presentations were then made by local women activists.



15. Lobbying Political Parties for Women’s Quota

Date: 03/2014

During this month LWF collaborated with a number of other local civil societies and female activists to meet and lobby the heads of several political parties to push for a minimum of a 30% quota for women’s seats in the forthcoming parliamentary election law. Official invitations were extended to 12 different political party leaders and coalitions in the GNC to meet and discuss the issue.



16. المرأة وطن . اعطيها صوتك

Date: 02/2014

In an effort to support female candidates during the 2014 Constitution Committee elections, LWF organized a small advocacy campaign. A number of local women NGOs joined the campaign, handing out flyers at public places and raising awareness in the media. A press was also released for the occasion



17. Take the lead for peace! The power of negotiation and mediation

Date: 27/09 to 01/10/2014

In partnership with Inmedio Berlin, LWF conducted a five day workshop in Cairo for Libyan civil society activists. The aim of the workshop was to enhance the participants’ skills in negotiation and mediation in order to empower them to play a more active and significant role in the peace-making process.



18. Embedding women's rights and minorities in the constitution

Date: 7 to 9 /04/2015

LWF held a three day workshop attended by Libyan civilian, human, and women’s rights activists, and regional constitution experts. The goal was to provide a formal opportunity to study and critique the draft clauses and texts relating to the rights of women and marginalized groups issued by the sub-committee within the body responsible for these areas in the Constitution Drafting Committee.



19. Centre of Excellence capacity building sessions outside Libya

16 to 23/04/2015 and 16 to 23/11/2015

With the determination to complete our Centre of Excellence (CoE) to Mainstream Women in Democratization Process project (see Projects) despite the deterioration of security in Libya, LWF conducted the 9th and 10th session training in Cairo and Tunis respectively. The project was concluded with a rollout session in Cairo. 55 Libyan women participated in total.



20. المصطلح

22/04/2015

On the last day of the CoE 9th training session, LWF invited a prominent Libyan journalist and religious scholar, Mr. Fathi Ben Esa, to give a lecture on “AlMostaleh” (literally “Expression”), and its applications within Islamic interpretations. The attendees included the CoE trainees, LWF members and guests.



21. CEDAW and Islam

Date: 22/11/2015

Mrs. Mongia Ben Nefzi, an activist and religious scholar, was invited as a guest speaker to present on one of the topics covered during the CoE 10th training session in Tunis.

Mrs. Ben Nefzi conducted an interactive session on “CEDAW and Islam” that lasted over four hours. The session started with the participants understanding and views of CEDAW. This was followed by an analysis of each of the CEDAW clauses and its interpretation within Islam (sharia context) and was concluded by a Q&A session.



22. Advocacy and Lobbying as a Tool for Change

Date: 23/04/2015

Mrs. Mona Munir Rezq, an MP at the Egyptian parliament, was invited by LWF to talk to the trainees at the Centre of Excellence project rollout session on one of the principal topics covered during training: namely advocacy and lobbying. Mrs. Munir Rezq led an interactive session on women participants in the public sphere and the importance of advocacy and lobbying activities in affecting change in policy making, reflecting on her own experience in this field and during her work with the Egyptian constitution commission.



23. The role of women in promoting social cohesion: an Islamic perspective

Date: 26 to 27/01/2016

LWF organized this two day workshop in Tunis. Four presentations were given on religious discourse renewal by religious scholars from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. This was followed by a presentation on “Women, Peace and Security: Reality and the international framework”. The objective of this activity was to build the capacity of Libyan women activists and civil society organizations to play their roles effectively in peace-building, through access to religious views and experiences that support their position and enable them to spread the culture of dialogue, inclusion, and coexistence between members of the community.


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