Gender inequality persists through uneven income and unequal divisions of labour. During the pandemic especially, women have been harder hit than men, losing income and leaving the labour market at a greater rate.
In Libya, especially due to the conflict, women have been striving for economic independence to empower themselves and elevate their mental well-being. Balancing the control of economic resources within the household in its turns helps reduce Gender-based violence.
UNDP helped establish a Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support center in Tommina, a town between the two war-torn cities of Misrata and Tawergha.
Women from the two cities go to the center searching for psycho-social support, to study, and some have even built partnerships for joint businesses and social initiatives.
“Now I have a source of income from sewing and I can pay for my living and provide food and clothes for my daughters,” says one of the women visitors of the center. “I would like to become a businesswoman and that is why I am studying to gain skills to develop my own project,” she adds.
Inclusive participation of women in decision making
While more women are leading in public life and there has been progress in women’s representation at different levels, in Libya this progress has been too slow. Women still remain significantly underrepresented in all aspects of decision-making, including executive, legislative and administrative positions.
UNDP works in Libya to amplify women’s voices and promote women’s equal participation and leadership in all forms of decision-making, including in public institutions, parliaments, police, and the judiciary.