LWF Projects

1. Disarmament, Dialouge and Reconcilliation (DDR) Campaign

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.

2. Transitional Constitution and Election Law Campaign

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.

3. “We Must Participate” – Election Awareness Campaign

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.

4. Capacity Building for 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:

  • Media and its role in elections
  • Human Rights issues, particularly relating to women
  • International conventions and treaties and their tools
  • The Election Process and Campaigning

5. “My Rights” – Awareness Campaign

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. Civillian Alliance for Embedding Women’s Rights in the Constitution

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.

7. “Women Today and Politics” Radio Program


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.

8. Libyan Women Economic Empowerment Project – funded by MEDA/USAID

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

9. Women Leaders Empowerment Project

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.

10. Voters Guide for Constitution Committee Candidates

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.

11. Election Observer Facilitators Training and Network

12. SGBV Documentation Project

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.

13. Female Parlimentarians Capacity Building Program

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:

  • Human Rights, International conventions and treaties
  • Parliament as an establishment, duties, internal procedures and challenges
  • General principles in the protocols and etiquette
  • Local political Sean, political transition and road map

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.

14. Center of Excellence to Mainstream Women in the Democratic Process – funded by the UNDEF

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.

15. Women on the Frontline Program

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.

16. Taking the Lead to Promote Peace Culture, Pluralism and Inclusion

Due to the deterioration in the security situation in Libya in 2014, LWF revived its peace project work initiated in 2011. The project has gained the support and funding from the International Civil Action Network (ICAN) throughout the period January 2016 to March 2019.

The program offers assistance to its partners through capacity building, development and support for implementing their activities.

Phase 1: Capacity Building Workshops / January 2016

Women's role in social cohesion & peace building - Islamic perspectives and the International framework

We conducted a three-day workshop for developing messages to counter extremist rhetoric, based on Koranic text and Sharia. The workshop took place in Tunis and was attended by 20 women’s activists.

Six religious leaders and scholars from Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt were also invited to provide Islamic perspectives on extremist rhetoric, citing Koranic and Sharia texts disputing the negative narrative being spread by religious extremists in the name of Islam, and referencing women's contributions to social cohesion and peace building during the Prophet’s era and in Islamic history.

The workshop’s aim was to strengthen the capacities of peace builders and women-led civil society organizations in Libya, by increasing their understanding in how to counter extremist rhetoric and support women’s roles in promoting social cohesion and peace.

Comments from the participants:

“The workshop increased my awareness and provided me with new opportunities that had been absent for me. It renewed my confidence and made me realize that I have a vital role to play as women to be a champion for peace” - Fathia Alhajaji, Participant

“Peace Education is a collective commitment that will ensure a generation who can understand the significance of social cohesion and world peace” – Munia Alali, Religious Scholar and Participant

Phase 2: Awareness Sessions / May 2016 – June 2017

Awareness sessions on the role of women in promoting social cohesion and peace culture

We implemented 12 awareness sessions in the South and West regions of Libya. This activity was implemented in partnership with some of the participants who had attended the previous workshop conducted in Tunis. The awareness sessions encompassed a wide geographic area including greater Tripoli, a Tawergha refugees’ camp in Abu Salem and other localities such as Tajura, and Sabah and Um Al Aranib in the South.

We outreached to a number of activists, teachers, civil servants, housewives and female religious guides (known locally as 'Morsheda') to participate. In total 216 women attended the sessions.

The aim of the activity was to disseminate the information and knowledge gained from the workshop in Tunis to local Libyan communities, and to encourage and to encourage other local organizations in implementing local peace initiatives within their local communities.

Comments from the participants:

“Terrorism has no religious affiliation. Islam as any other divine religion calls for peace and renounces violence and terrorism” – Khaloum Saeed, Morsheda and Participant

Phase 3: Media Campaign / October 2017 – December 2017

Media Campaign – mobilising traditional media platforms (national television, newspaper, and local radio) for peace

Our media campaign had two primary aims. Firstly, to capture the views of a larger segment of Libyan society regarding the current conflict and the prospect for national reconciliation and peace, and secondly for the concepts of peace building and social cohesion to reach a wider audience and prompt further discussions and interest locally.

The campaign also included broadcast of 6 radio programs from 2 local radio stations in the South and Western regions of Libya. 17 women and men participated in the radio programs in total, discussing the ongoing conflict in Libya, its effects on their communities, and the role of women (and the challenges they face) in promoting peace culture and participating in local mediation efforts.

4 news or magazine articles were also locally published covering the project activities, objectives, and a statement from ICAN regarding the efforts of Libyan women as peacebuilders.

Comments from the participants:

“It is time to forgive and pave the way for reconciliation and justices. Peaceful coexistence is the only way for rebuilding our country and secure a dignified future for our future generations.” – Hind Saki, Interviewee

Statement that was published in a local Libyan newspaper November 2017

“We are incredibly proud of supporting LWF in this initiative and the ongoing impact it is having. The program has been designed in a way that makes it sustainable and able to spread in the LWF network and beyond. The ongoing interest in the information gathered and presented is indicative of how timely and necessary this work is, as well as the quality and expertise that has been captured. ICAN values and supports the courageous work and voices of Libyan women who, despite all the present threats and challenges, continue to be committed to realizing a vision of their country that is rooted in peace, equal rights, security, inclusivity, and social cohesion amongst the diverse communities. This project contributes to this vision by enabling Libyans living across the country to be equipped and knowledgeable about the true values of their faith and withstand extremist’s rhetoric and ideology that is spread and supported by external regional actors”.
- Sanam Inderline, ICAN Founding Director

Phase 4: Establishing Peace Circles / July 2018 – Ongoing

Consolidating partnerships among local peace builders to establishing the Peace Circles network

The aim of this phase was to build on and further consolidate the work of the previous three phases to strengthen and mobilize women peace builders in Libya.

4.1 - We invited local peace builders including some of our partners from Phases 1 and 2 and from the media to a 4-day workshop in Tunis to receive skills training in negotiation and mediation, and deepen the participants’ understanding of peace building processes (including ICAN’s Inclusive Peace Tool). Exchange of experiences was particularly encouraged through storytelling and sharing of perspectives on the effect of conflict on women and girls.

Comments from the participants:

“I see the Peace Circles network as the start of a movement for [Libyan] women to unite and coordinate their efforts and amplify their voices for the mutual benefit of our nation. Women can contest the stereo type for being the weaker link. I believe all women, as they are strong, can be the champions for peace in Libya.” Khadija Basekri – Participant

4.2 - Three subgrants distributed to coordinators to oversee the implementation of local peace initiatives and grow the Peace Circles network by inviting other local individuals and organisations to join. The partner implemented 24 local peace initiatives were implemented in the South, West and Eastern regions of Libya. The initiatives were attended by over 279 participants in total and encompassed a wide geographic area including greater Tripoli, Ghadames, Benghazi, AL Bayda, Shahaat, Darrnha, AL Goba, Ain Mahra, Mehassa, Sabah and Um Al Aranib. and 2 live radio programs were broadcasted dedicated to peace building from 2 local radio stations.

4.3 - A workshop for the new Peace Circle partners was implemented to provide an opportunity for the new partners to network and plan for future activities. This was attended by 19 participants from the three regions in Libya including from Benghazi, AL Bayda,da, Shahaat, Derrnha, Sirte, Tawergha and Tripoli.

Comments from the participants:

“I see the Peace Circles network as the start of a movement for [Libyan] women to unite and coordinate their efforts and amplify their voices for the mutual benefit of our nation. Women can contest the stereo type for being the weaker link. I believe all women, as they are strong, can be the champions for peace in Libya.” Khadija Basekri - Participant

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