Twenty representatives of Libyan women groups and women activists, from diverse backgrounds representing all areas of Libya gathered in Monastir, Tunisia to attend a three-day training workshop, from 25 to 27 May 2016, on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women and peace and security. The training workshop is organized by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in partnership with the Swiss Government and UN Women regional office for Arab States in Cairo.
“The workshop comes in response to the demands of Libyan women to gain knowledge about the UNSCR 1325 on women and peace and security, which is a landmark international legal framework that addresses not only the extravagant impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should play in conflict resolution and sustainable peace,” Said Magda ElSanousi, UNSMIL’s Gender Advisor, in her opening remarks.
Ms. Manal Benkirane, the Regional Programme Specialist, Regional Office for Arab States stressed UN Women’s commitment to support Libyan women during the political transition. She said, “The training will cover the UNSCR resolution 1325 and other associated resolutions and will support participants to familiarize themselves with the steps and actions that should be taken to develop a national action plan.”
Holding candles in their hands, the participants shared their dream of having a safe, peaceful and united Libya. “We want to see Libya with institutions that enforce security, justice and rule of Law,” They stated.