Opportunities and Constraints Facing Women in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Libya

(c) Photo by 'Together We Build It' association (Libya)

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Executive Summary

Since 2011, Libyan women peacebuilders (LWPs) have played a crucial role in advancing peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts across the country. Their contributions have been significant and varied, including advocating for sustainable and inclusive peace, mobilizing support for the implementation of peace agreements, mediating local conflicts, and preventing the escalation of tensions between warring factions. LWPs have also been involved in confidence-building measures, providing humanitarian aid, facilitating the return of displaced communities, promoting national reconciliation, and spearheading peacebuilding initiatives focused on social cohesion and addressing the underlying causes of conflict in Libya. Their efforts have been instrumental in establishing the groundwork for sustainable peace and stability in the country.

The objective of this report is to highlight the diverse roles Libyan women play in peacemaking and peacebuilding across the country. The report also identifies strategic approaches to support their work. Key findings of the research include identifying these women, defining their contributions to peacemaking and peacebuilding, analysing whether a quota system for women’s participation would be a helpful tool, and finally identifying the unique challenges faced by women peacebuilders in Libya.

The views represented in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arab Reform Initiative, its staff, or its board.