Human Security Collective is working with Cordaid and three Libyan partners to enable women’s leadership and political participation in Libya. This three-year project (2016-2019) is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Dutch National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security). The long-term goal of this project is to contribute to an enabling environment for women’s participation and empowerment in Libya, allowing women to play a role as bridge builders to increase human security and contribute to a culture of peace.
As part of the inception phase of this project, Human Security Collective together with Cordaid and two Libyan partners (Together we Build It Foundation and Tamazight Women’s Movement) were part of a scoping mission to Tunis that took place between the 17th and 23rd of February 2017. During the fruitful scoping mission, the four organizations were able to meet with several representatives of international institutions and organizations involved in Libya, thus getting acquainted with a diverse group of stakeholders supporting Libyan civil society. The discussions held with these stakeholders also highlighted some of the challenges they encounter and opportunities they experience in their work in Libya. Furthermore, the mission highlighted the added value of the Dutch consortium in Libya.
A kick-off workshop for the project took place in Tunis in April 2017. A collection of women, men and youth from Libya and the Netherlands participated in this workshop, representing three Libyan organizations: Makers of Hope for Human Rights, Tamazight Women Movement (TWM) and Together We Build It Foundation (TWBI), and three Dutch organizations: Cordaid, Human Security Collective (HSC) and Women Peacemakers Program (WPP).
Key results of this workshop included:
- getting to know each other and the project better
- discussing and contextualizing the theory of change
- devising an action plan for the first six-months to one-year of the programme
- developing joint criteria for selecting civil society partners in Libya to further expand our network
- discussing risk mitigation
- soliciting input for the inception report that was handed in in June 2017.
For a full report of the workshop, see here
. The next workshop
that took place was on Participatory-Based Research. This workshop formed the basis for the other trajectories in the project (decreasing harmful underlying gender norms, enhancing human security, providing opportunities for meaningful participation), and involved five new Libyan partners
– selected based on criteria formulated during the kick-off workshop – in addition to those organizations already present at the inception phase.
The Libyan partners represent a variety of CSOs in Libya, not only in terms of geography (expanding to include the south-west and north-east of Libya) but also in terms of thematic focus and experience. HSC is looking forward to collaborating with the two Dutch and eight Libyan partners, with the aim of contributing to an environment that allows women and youth to play their role as bridge builders to increase human security and to contribute to a culture of peace in Libya.
In September 2017, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced its Action Plan, which provides, among other things, for amending the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), organizing a National Conference, preparing for elections, and providing humanitarian assistance. In March 2018, the UN Security Council is expected to receive a briefing from the Special Representative and head of the UNSMIL. This policy brief
includes recommendations from women civil society leaders towards the implementation of the UN Action Plan in Libya to promote an inclusive and sustainable peace process, which is not possible without the involvement of Libyan women and youth in drafting policies to achieve safety, security and personal dignity.