Panafrican News Agency

Libyan Minister reviews efforts to combat violence against women

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Minister of State for Women's Affairs in the Government of National Unity, Houria al-Tarmal, said here Thursday her country was striving to address the phenomenon of violence against women.

In a speech delivered before the regional meeting on the Arab Strategy for Prevention and Response to Combat all Forms of Violence in the Status of Refugee Women, held in Jordan, excerpts of which were published on Wednesday by the ministry, al-Tarmal recalled that Libya had contributed to the empowerment of Libyan women and the fight against all forms of discrimination against them compared to other countries.

She illustrated this by the conditions of working women, such as equal pay, the opening of crèches for working women, in addition to judicial services specialized in violence headed by women in the judiciary.

The Libyan official stressed that the groups most vulnerable to violence in all its forms were women and children, emphasizing the need to unify Arab strategies to deal with this phenomenon.

Ms. al-Tarmal noted that this problem was not only local, but global, as most countries today exported or attracted refugees and illegal migrants. She stressed that the aim and objective was the same, namely the preservation of human dignity and the human being.

On the sidelines of the regional meeting on the implementation of the Arab strategy to combat violence in refugee situations, the Minister of State for Women's Affairs met with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls at the United Nations, Reem al-Salem, with whom she discussed the causes of violence against women and girls and the conditions of refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant women and girls.

The report submitted by Ms. Reem was also discussed for opinion, according to the Ministry's statement.

Al-Tarmal, during her meeting with members of the Association of Arab Universities, discussed cooperation in the field of training according to an integrated proposal submitted by the General Secretariat of the Association of Arab Universities, considered a house of expertise in all fields to strengthen relations with Arab governments and institutions.

She affirmed her readiness to cooperate in the field of training and rehabilitation with the Union.

The two sides agreed to study the proposal submitted by the union to set up training for the public sector in Libya.

-0- PANA BY/JSG/BBA/RA 11May2023