3 Weeks – November/December
Immediately after the conclusion of the popular uprising that started in February 2011, and shortly after LWF’s establishment, LWF organised a brainstorming session to determine the first step for the forum. Security and disarmament emerged as the most concerning issue and as a result LWF organised a 3 week DDR campaign to try to raise awareness and advocate for a solution to this issue.The campaign covered Azizia Area, Janzour, City of Tripoli, Sabah and Obahri. As part of the campaign 4000 posters and 4000 flyers were distributed, surveys were conducted for the freedom fighters and discussion sessions in schools and public halls were also conducted with female teachers to promote social cohesion and democratic processes.
3 Months – February/April
As our second project, LWF identified that in order to ensure that women would receive fair representation and participation in the new Libya, the government and its legislation would have to reflect and support this. Therefore, in order to raise awareness, promote participation and educate women about the importance of embedding these rights in the transitional consttution and its election laws LWF organised a campaign which spanned over 3 months. Activities included organising and conducting a number formal and informal discussions on the transitional constitution and the election law, targeting university students, housewives, and school teachers.
1 Month – May
It was recognised by LWF that in order to ensure fair representation, women must fully particiate as voter and/or candidates in the GNC elections.To encourage and advocate for this, LWF initiated this campaign which involved conducting a series of Civic Education sessions in the form of conferences, seminars and workshops covering Democracy, Governance and the Election Process, which took place at schools, public and private halls and at mosques. In addition, 10,000 booklets and leaflets on the election process were distributed to eligible female voters covering a wide geographic scope including the West, Center and South of Libya. A number of local NGOs partnered with us throughout the campaigning period. LWF also provided free consultation and support for a number of female electoral candidates.
2 Months – May/June
To meet the demand from femal electoral candidates for support as part of our previous project, LWF initiated this project to support women participating as eletoral candidates in the 2012 GNC elections. Three capactity building workshops were conducted throughout on topics that would be the most usefull during the women’s campaigns:
5 Months – August/December
In order to promote and educate Libyan women on their fundamental rights as citizens as part of the lessons learned from the first GNC elections, LWF decided to launch an awareness campaign focused on just that. The ultimate aim was to encourage Libyan women to participate in the public sphere, to advocate for women’s rights and encourage effective participation in the democratic process. The outreach portion of this project was prepared in August and September over 15 days, but the actual campaign was only launched in November. In this initial phase a civic education guide entitled “My rights” and relevant presentations for the campaign were prepared. The actual campaign was launched over a 3 month period ending in December.
6 Months – initiated September/October
LWF initiated an Alliance that brought together a number of NGOs from 18 towns around Libya. A strategy plan was prepared . First meeting for the Alliance coordinators was planned for the 26 and 27 of January 2013, to agree and sign off the activities to implemented over a 6 months period.
21 MONTHS – SEPTEMBER 2012/MAY 2014
LWF launched two radio programs starting on September 2012 titled “Women Today and Politics“. The main objectives were to encourage the Libyan females to speak out, reach a wider audience and encourage them to participate in local media debates and discussions. The two radio programs broadcasted weekly on the Wednesday and Thursday respectively from the following local stations:
- West Tripoli Janzor Radio Station 101.5 FM
- Zawiya Local station 93.1 FM
Unfortunately and due to the increasing deterioration of the security situation that effected women's mobility and activities, both programs were stopped in May 2014.
16 Months – April 2013/July 2014
For the purpose of providing capacity building and support for women entrepreneurs and women who want to access in the business world by contributing to the development of their skills and training, MEDA launched the “Libyan Women Economic Empowerment Project”. Libyan Women Forum was selected to be the outreach partner for this project, from amongst numerous local civil society organizations that also applied for the position. The project objectives were to open the way for women in the post-revolution Libya in transition and democratic transition to enable them to access the business market, and contribute in bringing about economic change and make women more abile to competitively enter the Libyan market and the establishment of service businesses or industries
2 Months – August/September
LWF took on the role of implementation and outreach partner in this project after PILPG approached LWF with the idea offering to provide funding, the training course and materials for the participants. The aim is to enable women in the judicial, civic and governmental sectors to effectively contribute to the drafting of the constitution and decision making process. Three individual training courses were implemented covering professional skills training for female legislators and judiciary officials and women currently or hoping to be involved with the drafting of the constitution, combined with transitional justice training.
3 Months – July/September
NDI, the National Democratic Institute in Libya along with the New Libya Foundation, H2O, and 1Libya, invited LWF along with various other CSOs to attend a meeting to discuss the development of a Voter’s Guide containing information about the candidates of the constitution drafting committee elections. LWF pricipally facillitated in providing the interview questions, the nature of the information required, ensuring the provision of the information.The purpose of the project was to better inform the voters and clarify the views of the candidates that they would vote for. The guide included a questionnaire asking the candidates about their views on key issues such as women’s rights and system of government and an initial electronic version was released in late September. Unfortunately, due to security issues the project was iteruppted and physical copies were not printed and distributed.
6 Months – October 2013/March 2014
The main purpose of the documentation is to provide legitimate and coherent information that can be shared with the local and national decision makers, and political actors to advocate for provision of services for GBV victims and survivors.
We hope that integrated interventions such as criminal jurisdictions, provision of rehabilitations services for the survivors including psycho-social supports, medical treatment legal aid and counseling etc. will be implemented in light of this evidence, to combat the issue.
We are currently in the process of raising awareness at different levels to bring the subject out in the open, and to educate civil servants and the public at large on the true nature of such atrocious crimes and why we must address the issue now.
1 Months – June 2014
LWF conducted two four days’ workshop attended by 45 female Parliamentary candidates from three regions that were participating in 2014 elections. The capacity building workshop were conducted in two locations, Zawiya and Tripoli between 7th to 11th of June 2014. Topics discussed:
July – LWF office temporarily closes in Tripoli due to security concerns. Most LWF activities in Libya are halted or postponed. and on September – LWF office temporarily relocates to Cairo.
2 Years (recently extended) – December 2012/December 2014 (extended to August 2015)
The United Nations Democracy Fund is a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes
Libyan Women Forum succeeded in securing a UNDEF grant to finance the Centre of Excellence to Mainstream Women in the Democratization Process project after applying in December 2011. After a long and thorough selection process in which 2868 applications from around the world were processed and considered, LWF was one of 60 to be selected for funding.
The initial idea for the project was the product of an intense brainstorming session between several LWF members and other women activists that was organized by LWF in December 2011. The results of the session found that many of the raw ideas produced could be realized through the provision of basic, continuous training in the fields of democracy, human rights and general capacity and skill building.
The first round of training began at the centre in Tripoli in late April 2013. Following a rigorous interview process, 25 women were selected from over 60 applicants to take part in the intensive full time training course, lasting 5 weeks in total. Unfortunately, due to the continuing instability in Libya at many intervals the project had to be delayed, postoned and eventually relocated giving rise to a 9 month extention of the original project timeline. The 10th and last session of training is to take place in August this year.
1 Year – June 2014 Ongoing
LWF has recently joined the Women on the Frontline program, a project that supports NGOs run by Hivos International and Oxfam Novib.
The WoF program aims to strengthen women’s organizations in the MENA region to contribute to the full and equal participation of women in the transformation of their societies. The project stresses the importance of the inclusion of women in all ongoing political transitional processes, falling directly in line with the LWF vision.
The program offers assistance to its partners through capacity building, development and support for implementing their activities.