Commemoration of the International Day of women in Libya

09 Mar 2014

Tripoli, Libya: March 8, 2013: The United Nations Development programme in cooperation with United Nations Support Mission in Libya and the Libyan Women Forum marked the International Day for Women on March 8, 2014. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Equality for Women is Progress for all”. 

No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality” said UNDP administrator’s message. In Libya, the Day was marked at Corinthia hotel in Tripoli. Representatives of women CSOs and women activists presented papers related to gender equality and the rights of women. The role and history of women in Islam, status of women between legislation and implementation of law and their political participation and demands of women in the upcoming constitution of Libya were among the topics discussed during the event.
During the commemoration event, the UN Secretary General’s special envoy to Libya (SRSG), Mr. Tarek Mitri’s was delivered by Mr. Nader Darwich, Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya. The message of the SRSG states that three weeks ago, Libya marked the “Third Anniversary of its revolution; a revolution that was possible because Libyan men and women struggled, and collaborated to win their freedom after decades of an oppressive regime”.
The International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate acts of courage and determination by Libyans who have played an extraordinary role in revolutions, and continue to contribute in building their nations by making their voices heard. “We honour in this day, all Libyan women who participated in the revolution that made them stronger and more determined to lead Libya through a path of prosperity, security, and peace” further underlined the message of the SRSG.

As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals approaches, and as discussions on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls, said the UNDP statement on the occasion of International Day of Women. It is reported that in the upcoming 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting the focus will be on the “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. UNDP calls for more efforts to achieve the MDGs related to gender equality. The administrator, Helen Clark said that there has been progress for many women and girls, but it has been uneven and too slow. Reports show that the world has officially achieved gender parity in primary education, but regional gaps persist and girls’ enrollment drops off at the secondary level. The proportion of women in national parliaments has grown, but women still comprise around only 21 per cent of the world’s parliamentarians. 

At the end of the commemoration event in Libya, panelists announced initiatives such as the establishment of the women civil society organization which will advocate for the rights of the women in Libya.