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Libyan women call for more involvement in politics

28 leading Libyan women discussed in a two-day consultative meeting, organized by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the impact of women’s participation in the political life in Libya.

Maria do Valle Ribeiro, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNDP Resident Representative in Libya, said on the occasion that “we need to provide the space for Libyan women to discuss and plan their contribution to the political process,” according to a statement published on UNSMIL website.

The participants talked about the way to move forward saying that “a constitution, a unified government and representation of women in the Presidential Council are required to be in place before the start of any elections process.”

The meeting, which comes as part of UN efforts to promote women’s involvement in Libya’s political sector, brought together academics, previous government officials, two members from the House of Representatives and the State Council, regional and youth female representatives and women residing outside Libya.

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