The collection of reliable data in a conflict area is always challenging, but even more meaningful when achieved. While there has been an increased level of documentation and evidence coming from Libya, these reports do not always consider the situation at the grass roots level. Libyan local partners were able to collect in-depth narratives in different (remote) communities throughout Libya, despite the ongoing insecurity, limited travel options, restricted access to remote communities and fear to share sensitive information. These unique stories are presented in this report, making it extremely valuable as it not only includes data, but also the interpretations, analyses and perspectives of Libyan women and men on issues related to peace and security.
This report is part of the four-year project “Women and Youth as Bridge Builders,” which supports strong, resourceful women and men in Libya, who often risk their lives to create more peaceful communities. It is a partnership between two Dutch partners and eight local Libyan NGOs to promote human security in Libya with a special attention on women’s safety (the list of partner organizations is included at the end of the summary). This document is a summary of the full report, which is available here. An executive summary in Arabic is also available upon request.
In line with a human-security approach, we bring the lived experiences of Libyans through their own personal stories. The “Libyans at Risk” report is not intended as a comprehensive analysis of the geo-political situation in Libya since Muhammar Gaddafi’s government was toppled in 2011. Instead, this report exhibits a unique account of the impact of the conflict on the ground and what it meant for the people experiencing it: the insecurities, the deterioration of services and infrastructure, the increase of weapons and armed groups, and the decrease in jobs. In addition to a people-centered perspective, this report is also unique as it elevates the voices of marginalized groups.