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"Democracy without women is hypocrisy"

Hibaaq Osman, Founder and CEO, Karama
 

About the campaign

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ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Justice For Salwa Is Justice For All

We are determined to build the Libya we have always dreamed of….
We may become disappointed or get let down but we will never give up for Libya – no matter how long the struggle takes.
~The Last Words of Salwa Bugaighis~
 
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About The Campaign

Justice for Salwa is Justice for All is a campaign driven by the memory of Salwa Bugaighis, a revolutionary leader and human rights lawyer, an extraordinary woman and a beloved friend of Karama, who was assassinated on election day in June 2014. The Justice for Salwa campaign seeks the support of both the regional and international community to put pressure on regional governments to hold perpetrators of violence against women in the Arab region to account. With your support we will raise awareness of the ongoing struggle that millions of women across the Arab region face, and will work to ensure that women are no longer silenced or sidelined.

The strength of the Justice for Salwa campaign depends on the support of women and men across the world. Be part of a call to end violence and exclusion against women in the Arab Region and help us build a platform for women’s voices to be heard.

Tweet your support. Share our website on your Facebook Page. Share Your Story with us or send us a Message of Support. Write A Letter to your Member of Parliament or Newspaper to tell them your views on the need to take action and end violence against women. Sign up to our News Feed to keep up to date on the latest news and achievements. Join Us.

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Salwa was a unique woman in a country where women are considered an exception. She devoted her life advocating for democracy and defending rights and was killed while she was exercising that democracy and casting her vote in the elections, and all the death threats she received did not discourage her from doing so. ~ Karama

Campaign Goals

Driven by the legacy of Salwa Bugaighis, the campaign continues to fight for change in the Arab region.

The campaign will ask local and international communities to raise their voice in support of the implementation of processes and laws to drive progress on human, civil and women’s rights across the Arab region.

Specifically, the campaign calls for:

  1. Accountability on the part of the international community, including sanctions against governments for allowing impunity in the case of such crimes.
  1. Support for human rights defenders from the international community and from national governments to protect them from violence and criminalize attacks and threats made against them.
  1. Women’s inclusion in peace-building processes, including peace and reconciliation dialogues and committees, peacekeeping forces.
  1. Disarmament and demobilization of militias.
  1. Women’s political leadership and participation supported by new constitutions/ laws, including quotas.

For more information on the Justice for Salwa campaign and Karama team’s progress and further information about each of the goals please follow our Twitter at #JusticeForSalwa and subscribe to our updates.

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Why This Is Important

 

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Salwa voting on the day she was assasinated: “Fight peacefully by casting your vote” ~ Salwa

 

From domestic and sexual abuse, slavery, assassinations, FGM, trafficking, and rape, millions of women struggle against violence every day. In times of war and conflict, the situation is often exacerbated and without a just legal system to protect their most basic human rights, women are at their most vulnerable to- and often directly the targets of- violence and exploitation. This situation is compounded by the severe lack of justice that is delivered by governments and the legal system. Salwa’s assassins, like so many people who have committed egregious crimes against women, remain free and unpunished.

The millions of stories of violence against women are often lost, overwhelmed by the daily news cycle and oppressed by tacit acceptance of or indifference to violence against women- in some cases violence against women is considered a man’s moral right. Under no circumstances should a woman have to endure violence or have her voice silenced, however, this is the daily reality for millions of women.

The establishment and enforcement of adequate laws that protect women and uphold human rights is essential. But so too, is the respect and inclusion of women in government, in employment and in every aspect of daily life, and a shift in attitudes towards recognising that violence against women is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

Significant change needs to occur to ensure that women can exercise choice over their own bodies, their voices and lives, and live free from coercion or the daily threat of violence. This campaign provides a collective platform to raise awareness about the need for change and the actions that are required- from individuals, men and women, governments and the international community- for progress to be realised.

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How We Achieve This

Only with the commitment of governments to the consistent, collective, and progressive implementation of these actions can justice for all those who share Salwa’s story, and the security of all future generations in the Arab region be realised. As Zahra’ Langhi, co-founder of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace, civil society strategist and political activist asserts, only when national dialogue, compassion, and consensus is achieved can countries across the Arab region move forward.

Watch Zahra’ deliver her TedX talk about the Gadaffi revolution and how progress can be achieved, and subscribe to our updates to find out more about the work we are doing.

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“Mercy instead of revenge, collaboration instead of competition, inclusion instead of exclusion — these are the ideals that a war-torn Libya needs desperately.” ~ Zahra’ Langhi

WATCH: Why Libya’s revolution didn’t work — and what might

 

 

 

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