Asma Khalifa

Libyan activist and researcher
Arab Reform Initiative Team

Asma Khalifa is a Libyan activist and researcher who has worked on human rights, women’s rights and youth empowerment since 2011. From 2014, she focused on Peacebuilding in Libya. Her work in Libya includes improving women’s participation in local government and addressing gender-based violence. In 2015 she co-founded Tamazight Women Movement, a think/do tank that aims to research and advocate on women’s rights issues in Libya and North Africa. She also co-founded the Khalifa Ihler Institute. In previous years,  she fulfilled several roles as consultant, advisor and research on gender issues and capacity building in peacebuilding in Libya.

On May 25th 2016, Asma received the Luxembourg Peace Prize during The World Peace Forum in the European Parliament in Luxembourg and in 2017 she was named as one of the 100 most influential young Africans by the Africa Youth awards. Currently she is doing her PhD at the German Institute for Global Area Studies, researching the impact of civil war on inter-gender relations