A panel of distinguished speakers joined in the opening to provide their thoughts on the value of the Marboua meeting place and how women can make a difference in Libya. Ms. Jamila Fillaghi, Deputy Minister, said, “Women have an extraordinary ability to restore social peace.”
And guest speaker Dr. Azza Al-Maghour, in her speech said, “Libya needs brave people. This is our logo, rebuild trust among ourselves. Marboua is founded for this purpose and it will have a cultural role.”
Ms. Nygat Siddique, Head of Gender Concerns in Libya, concluded the event by looking with optimism for prospect of peace and stability in Libya, and how gender-inclusive dialogue and representation can be key to realising this. Ms. Siddique extended a warm thanks to all in attendance for making the launch a success and stressed that, “Marboua is a space for dialogue for all!”
The Marboua project aims to connect women’s organisations through making a political café accessible to women (and men) from different backgrounds and groups. The Gender Concerns team in Libya will organise regular events and invite participation to increase stakeholder awareness of the situation of Libyan women, while also improving their security conditions through advocacy and political participation of women.
(Source: Gender Concerns International)