Violence in Libya is escalating. Deepening political and social rifts pose new challenges to national reconciliation, while security risks grow and the number of internally displaced people increases. To confront these issues, we are working with Libyan activists and leaders, both inside Libya and in neighboring Tunisia, to equip them with the skills to build a future of inclusion and democracy for their country.
As a result of the current crisis, more than one million Libyans left their homes and crossed the border with Tunisia, followed by the majority of international non-governmental organizations. In light of these developments, we started a one-year initiative called Khater Libya, beginning in 2015. The program supports the work of Libyan civil society activists now based in Tunisia, and focuses on collaborating with them on initiatives promoting peace in their home country.
Dialogue Workshops on Journalism and Safety in Libya
Amid the volatile political situation in Libya, media professionals face increasing threats and security risks. There is a lack of safe platforms for engagement between Libyan journalists and diverse stakeholders – security forces, civil society, members of militia, etc -, which inhibits an understanding of the role of each sector by the other when it comes to national security and development. In this context, we started with UNESCO and UNSMIL a series of dialogues in 2014, with the aim of promoting the safety of Libyan journalists. The dialogue workshops brought together two groups of 15 leaders from across all relevant sectors to discuss how to improve the overall safety environment of media professionals.