Libya’s draft election laws biased against women

From People of Shambhala.
The ousting of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 was meant to usher in a new era of pluralism and freedom.

However, as has occurred in Egypt, reactionary Islamists have stepped in to fill the political void. Women in Libya fear that they are being sidelined as the new political arrangement takes shape.

A petition calling on the National Transitional Council to ensure greater participation of women in decision-making, circulated by Women4Libya, has attracted more than 3000 signatures.

Recently the two week consultation period on the draft election laws ended abruptly with Libya’s Electoral Commission announcing that previously proposed laws have been altered and ratified.

Troublingly, the proposed 10% quota for women in the… read more. 

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