EU commits to continued support for women’s engagement in Libya

September 7, 2016
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As the Spring Forward for Women programme is ending, the European Union has agreed to continue supporting Libyan women’s equal and active political engagement and participation. Building on work conducted by UN Women and other actors, UN Women will host a meeting on 8 September in Libya to highlight the urgency of re-positioning women in humanitarian, peace and transition processes and to leverage policy and programme commitments towards their meaningful participation.

The agenda’s main focus will be on securing spaces for women’s equal and active engagement in humanitarian, peace and transitional processes, through four agreed tracks:
·         rebuilding the state,
·         protection,
·         prevention, and
·         participation.
The expected result of the meeting is two-fold:
·         The international community and Libyan women reaffirm the importance of ensuring the increased participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making in Libya.
·         Concrete implementable actions are identified, to be undertaken by represented stakeholders.
Spring Forward for Women is a joint initiative of UN Women and the European Commission. The programme supports the economic empowerment of women in the Southern Mediterranean region and enhances their participation in the political and decision-making spheres. The programme is financed through a contribution of EUR 7 million from the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and EUR 1.2 million from the UN Women core budget. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Read more
Spring forward for women project – fiche and news
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre press pack – Strengthening the role of women in the Neighbourhood
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre Gender video  
UN Women website

Countries covered:

  • Libya