This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and to leave your mark, particularly on issues related to women and their rights, as well as on all national matters pertaining to the country and its future.
The United Nations in Libya will continue to work with our Libyan friends to support them in the democratic transition and in what this process requires to empower women and their participation in political life, so as to enhance democracy and contribute to the development and state-building on solid foundations.
Promoting women’s rights is a prime priority of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The Mission will continue in its quest to facilitate the development of appropriate mechanisms to devote to the needs and aspirations of women and address the challenges they face. Key issues include the participation of women in elections, candidates and voters, in the constitutional process; as well as the participation of women in the transitional justice and reconciliation tracks, including aspects relating to missing persons and strengthen national capacities and civil society to safeguard women's rights and to investigate violations. The Mission is also working closely with the United Nations Country Team in Libya to ensure women's participation in development activities.
While the International Women's Day serves as a reminder for women's rights it is also an opportunity for you, the women of Libya, to articulate your political, economic and social aspirations so that you contribute to your country's rebuilding. It is also an opportunity for Libyan men to contribute to a better future in which Libyan women would assume their rightful place as active partners in national life.