The ’’ Why Me for Women’s rights ’’ association recently launched an intensive campaign against the marriage of under-age girls which has become a widespread phenomenon in Libya given the security chaos, the difficult living and economic conditions as well as the proliferation of armed groups. The campaign called "a child raising a child" included many activities such as organizing dialogues and debates with 5,500 high school students to raise their awareness regarding the impact and risks of early marriage; meetings with officials and appearing in media to demand those in decision-making positions to reactivate Law No. 10 of 1984.
The campaign also included awareness raising activities to combat violence against women and girls. On the other hand, the association strives to highlight the role of women in the process of national reconciliation, dialogue and peacebuilding in Libya, through a series of initiatives and projects such as the training of 90 women from Libya’s elite and from various sectors on Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, security and peace, in addition to contributing to in the formation of pressure groups to motivate policy makers to develop a national plan for the implementation of this resolution with the participation of Libyan women.
In the same context, the association works actively to promote the participation of women in local governance by organizing workshops and trainings, meeting local officials and most importantly by supporting women wishing to run for elections against the tribal customs and traditions dominating many Libyan regions, as well as accompanying them and providing them with legal and technical support.
The association produces short videos explaining the situation of Libyan women and publishes them on its Facebook page using the hashtag #Stories_from_Libya.
To learn more about the efforts of the’’ Why me for women’s rights ‘‘association, please visit the link below.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.