Langhi leads seminar on the role of women in public life in Libya


Zahra' Langhi Zahra’ Langhi, co-founder of Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP), led a seminar 7 April 2013 for RN’s MENA constitutional advocates–by Skype and across continents–on the role of women in public life in Libya.

The seminar is one of a series of discussions, initiated during a conference in Tunis this past January, for the program “Informing the Constitutional Moment” funded by the National Endowment for Democracy.

On the basis of a detailed paper  distributed to the constitutional advocates, the seminar proceeded along three main lines of enquiry:

- The mechanisms, style and language that LWPP adopted to succeed in facilitating the election of 33 women (of 200 seats),   without a specifically named quota, in the General National Congress (GNC), the post-revolutionary parliament in Libya;

- The importance of having women in leadership positions in government, notably in the Council of Ministers and in the judiciary. Only two women are ministers, but the judiciary has succeeded in keeping a place for women judges since the pre-Qaddafi period. LWPP’s challenge to Art. 30 of the constitutional provisions concerning the important election or appointment of the 60 members of the constitutional assembly was also discussed.

- The wider comparative constitutional framework, including the latest Constitution passed in Zimbabwe, which established in Section 16 an elaborate role for women in public life in the future of the country.

The participants resolved to publish the paper and some of the most interesting discussion that followed, including new ideas for bolstering the effectiveness of women in charting the future of the country.

RN is increasingly engaged in Libya and will participate more actively, with LWPP and other prominent civil society organisations, in the enhancement of the public quality of the constitutional debate in a country with immense potential for the region.

Background paper:

Women in Public Life After the Revolution: A Participatory Experience in Libya – Women’s Battle for the Elections, Zahra’ Langhi, 2013




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