Supporting Women Candidates for House of Representatives in Libya

Jun 21, 2014

Tripoli June 21, 2014: UNDP provides training workshop for women candidates of the upcoming House of Representatives election scheduled to take place on June 25, 2014. The objective of the workshop is to equip the candidates with knowledge on election campaigns, the concepts on the role of parliament in transition and the relationship of parliament and civil society organizations where more than 120 women candidates will partcipate during this three days event. The workshop will continue upto June 23, 2014 by providing trianing every day to a group of about 40 candidates.

During the opening ceremony of the workshop, UNDP Deputy Representative, Mr. Amin Sharkawi stated that UNDP supports women in Libya in general and candidates in particular as the role they play is crucial for state building efforts. The prospective women parliamentarians are expected to play major role in Libya’s transition. “Women’s role is not only to guarantee the rights of women but also to work for the rights of all citizens including children, women and the rights of all citizens in education, health and equal citizen participation”, further highlighted Mr Sharkawi.

The workshop will continue for three days and every day about 40 women candidates will participate in the workshop. According to the high national elections commission about 1700 candidates will run for 200 seats of the next House of Representatives which will replace the current General National Congress.

Trainers and experts from the Arab region are facilitating the workshop. the programme is supported by Government of Sweden.