The Dutch-based international development organisation Gender Concerns International has launched its Marboua project in Libya, giving women of Tripoli and other areas of Libya a place to connect to establish a collective voice and strategies at its 'political café'.
At the event to mark the opening, Gender Concerns Director Sabra Bano, said she was “happy to welcome attendees to a venue space in a post-revolution Libya where the issues affecting rights and empowerment can be discussed among like-minded women and men as well.”
Ms. Bano thanked the Embassy of Switzerland in Libya that supports the Marboua concept, which was born from her positive experiences interacting at women's cafés in Amsterdam in the past decades.
The Swiss Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Ervin Hofer, thanked Gender Concerns for the invitation to the opening event. Mr. Hofer said that he was pleased to share this experience, and that Libya needs a project like Marboua, helping enable political rights to women, supporting women in elections, community participation and related dialogue processes.