Libya
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Inclusive reconstruction of the political processes

Challenges

On the 15th of February 2011, the emergence of the Arab Spring continued to prove its influence by reaching Libya through a series of demonstrations and riots directed at the Muammar al-Gaddafi regime. The rebellion quickly developed and the violence escalated as rebel groups collided with Gaddafi forces.

By October 23rd, 2011, the National Transitional Council officially declared that Libya was free from Gaddafi’s dictator rule. Libya announced the line-up for a transitional government and in doing so ensured the representation of regional and political factions. Nevertheless, women as a social group remained seriously under-represented.

A seemingly evident example of women in Libya being secluded from political process matters was that only two of the twenty newly selected ministers were women. Moreover, in evaluating the scores of government councils created in cities and towns to replace those of the old regime, it is apparent that hardly any women are present. Thus, there exists a clear deficit of women in setting the tone on issues of relevance to women, such as the new Constitution, the needs of war widows and Libyan families rising fear of what will happen to women's rights in the new Libya.

The absence of women is not only visible in the political sphere of Libya. Although women in Libya generally are highly educated, they are still acutely missing from the labour market by accounting for only 25% of the active national workforce.

What we do

DanChurchAid has been working programmatically in the Middle East and North Africa since 1949, and has a strong current presence in the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Libya carrying out Gender Equality, Humanitarian Assistance, Mine Action, Right to Food and Political Space programs.

In light of the late 2011 Arab Spring emergence, DCA’s work expanded to Libya and following a humanitarian response shifted its work to gender equality seeking to influence discriminated groups, especially women, in political processes. This action logically extends DCA's ongoing work in Libya with women as part of its gender programme, which was implemented in October 2011.

DanChurchAid works in Libya to strengthen women’s rights. Women’s organizations receive help to form networks and to get training in making joint campaigns about women at work and domestic violence at both the national and the local level. At the same time the women are encouraged to join other women’s networks in the region in order to give them greater impact and legitimacy.


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With a donation of EUR 24,979 from The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DCA and Aktis Strategy have, on October 13-14, delivered an expert workshop that has improved the linkages between Civil Society Organisations working for Libyan women’s empowerment and the Libyan decision makers, thus increasing the political involvement of women.
After a two year break in our work in Libya, DanChurchAid will, with support from the Dutch government, be able to resume the clearance of potential fatal mines and ammunition in the unrestful country
The Dutch government has granted 11.6 million euros to DCA's efforts to create security in four of the world's hotspots. It is the largest donation from an international donor in DCA history
The Libyan children love Captain Saviour; a small cartoon character who tell them to stay away from weapons
The need for help to traumatised children in Libya is enormous, but fighting and a lack of stability make it difficult to reach people in need. DanChurchAid’s work with local organisations ensures that children can be helped after all
With the help of DCA and Lebanese authorities, Libyan deminers is taught how to clear their land of dangerous explosive remnants of war
DCA has received a grant of USD 249,716 from UNMAS (through UNOPS) for its Risk Education work in Libya. The grant supports DCA’s aim of increasing safety among vulnerable individuals living in some of the most explosive remnants of war (ERW) contaminated areas of North Eastern Libya.
The UK government’s Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) has granted 540,336 GBP to DCA’s programme in Libya. The grant supports DCA’s work with strengthening the capacity of local civil society organisations to implement activities that promotes unity, dialogue, reconciliation and awareness of the political processes in Libya.
Nordic ACT members call for immediate response to the increasing refugee flow.
The European Union awards EUR 2,176,538 to the DCA Libya Programme in support of efforts to enhance community safety in the conflict-ridden nation.
DanChurchAids explosive ordnance disposal experts has removed several large Russian made surface-to-air missiles placed by the former ruler Gadhafi on a farmers land
DCA will work together with specialized branches of the Libyan army aiming at enhancing the Libyan capacities to store explosive ordnance and general stockpile management in accordance with international standards and mitigate the risk posed by explosive munitions.
Hundreds of toy guns collected as a part of DanChurchAid’s armed violence reduction program in Libya have now been turned in to an art piece saying “NO” to violence
The revolution in Libya was supposed to free the people but instead the country’s women now experience increasing harassment.
Libyans are working hard to build a new society after the overthrow of Gaddafi, but the authorities often lack the skills to ensure the security of the population in the aftermath of the war.
In Tripoli, the grassroots organization Flame of the Capital wants to build the Libyan youth a better future. Their tools are walls, paint, and brushes.
Libyan women took part in the revolution on equal terms with men, but today they are kept out of politics in the country, a new study finds.
By teaching children of Libya to express them self through creativity, DCA helps them cope with the memories of war
Through the donation of EUR 107.000, DCA will work to mitigate the risk posed by small arms and light weapons (SALW) in post-conflict Libya
DCA has distributed gun and ammunition cabinets in Libya to reduce the risk from the thousands of weapons present in the country following the rebellion in 2011
Ambulances are mandatory whenever DanChurchAid’s demining personnel enter the field to remove landmines and unexploded ordnance that have been left behind after armed conflicts. In Libya the ambulance has proved itself to be indispensable on several occasions.
500 children from 10 schools in Misrata were gathered together on 4th April to commemorate International Mine Awareness Day. All the boys had brought their toy guns with them because they could get LEGO from DanChurchAid instead.
Just over a year ago, the mine clearance specialist Fred Pavey had his right hand blown off while attempting to neutralise a Chinese mine in Libya. Now he is returning to help finish the work he started.
DanChurchAid’s (DCA) programme to work to clear explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Libya has just received 21 million DKK from EuropeAid. “There is a great need for clearing ERW in Libya as quickly as possible,” says Richard MacCormac, Head of DCA Mine Action.
DanChurchAid welcomes Danish Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal's visit in Libya this week and Denmark's plans to establish a presence in Tripoli. But Denmark still needs to step up funding for mine action.
Libya is still facing an enormous problem of unexploded ordnance, some three months after the fighting ceased. See DCA's Mine Action team in the news of Al Jazeera
Bombs, mines and unexploded ammunition continue to threaten civilians in Libya. Two British experts, working for DanChurchAid/ACT alliance have been injured carrying out clearance work.
DCA’s multi task teams in Libya are largely done clearing the center of Misurata having left stickers with a hotline telephone number on the houses that are still locked for returning people to call. Now they move on to Zlitan to help olives farmers clear their fields so that they again can harvest.
Ramadan is over and the security situation is again stable enough in Misrata for DanChurchAid's mine clearance teams to resume work. The need is greater than ever and the National Transition Council has welcomed DCA – in person.
DanChurchAid's team in Misrata, Libya says there is a mood of "joy and jubilation" after Free Libya forces have taken over the city. But there are also worries about the use of weapons in the celebration as well as dangerous remnants from the war still scattered around the city, as DCA's mine action work clearly proves.
DanChurchAid’s mine clearers help civilians get rid of dangerous remnants of war in the war-torn Libyan city, Misrata.
ACT Alliance is ready to clear the life-threatening remains of the war in Libya. Mine clearance specialists expect to begin work next week
DanChurchAid allocates DKK 750,000 for emergency relief supplies to refugees from the civil riots in Libya.
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