* A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE IS BEING HELD TODAY TO HONOR SALWA BUGAIGHIS’ LIFE AND ACHEIVEMENTS. PLEASE TUNE IN LIVE AT http://livecam.kdgp.net/ STARTING AT 10PM CAIRO TIME
It is with great sadness and with broken hearts that we are sharing this news: our dear friend and partner Salwa Bugaighis has been assassinated in her home in Benghazi, just after she cast her vote in Libya’s parliamentary elections on June 25th.
Salwa was the embodiment of dignity, grace, and humanity. She fought fearlessly, persistently, and tenaciously not just for women’s rights, but the rights of her fellow Libyans to live free of oppression, persecution, marginalization, and torture. Her charisma, strength, and drive inspired others to follow in her fight to create real change, and her generosity and warmth built the trust and linkage that galvanized an entire movement in Libya.
||Many have called today the day that Libya died. Salwa embodied the best of Libya. She was positive, hopeful, and forward-looking. She fought tooth and nail for human rights and women’s rights with equal parts dignity and veracity. She inspired so many to follow her lead, to speak the truth and fight for what was right and what was best for the future of Libya. Many thought she would be the president of Libya.
|She was also a dear friend, a real, genuine human being who could touch people in a very special way from the very first moment they met her. She had a sharp wit and easy sense of humor. Libya has really lost a giant presence. She could light up every room she entered and every person she touched with her infectious smile. She was careful and cautious, and she was a great listener. She was a great mother and a very close friend to her boys. She had a zest for life and all of its adventures. She was thoughtful and loving and kind, and leaves a legacy of hope behind.
Our hope is that we can continue the work she had only just begun, and make her proud of what we are able to achieve together.
May God bless her soul, and may the angels lift her up and let her fly, as she was meant to.
Hibaaq and the Karama Team
Statements on Salwa from Karama Partners
The last words of Salwa Bugaighis
Salwa’s interview with UN Radio Arabic on the occasion of CSW58
A Tribute to Salwa written by her nieces, Lina and Rima Bugaighis
Interview with Salwa’s Family