In today’s episode, we look back at the role of women in the 2011 uprising and the birth of #Libya's civil society movement. Salwa Bugaighis was seen by many to be one of the leaders of that movement and she was a role model for many women who were perhaps entering the public and political space for the first time. We discuss what has happened to the women who were so prominent in Libyan civil society in 2011 and how the landscape for women has developed since, including their ability to participate freely and meaningfully in public and political life.
This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. LFJL is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who have given us their time and trust to tell this story.
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