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March 2021
 
 

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A conversation on the Libya Political Dialogue Forum

This week, Libya got a new government, led by interim Prime Minister Hamid Dbeibah.  The new government is significant for a number of reasons, including the fact that five of the 26 in the executive are women — still not great, but better in the Libyan context than ever before. The Prime Minister and his two deputies were selected, by secret ballot, during the February 5 meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). The LPDF is a UN-supported process bringing together 75 political and civil society actors who developed a roadmap leading to elections at the end of this year.

 
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After the selection of Dbeibah to lead the government, Francesca had a conversation with Dr. Lamees BenSaad, one of the 17 female delegates on the LPDF. Lamees is a formidable women’s rights activist and recently participated in the launch of the “24th of December Election” Movement to safeguard the LPDF Roadmap.  You can watch her conversation with Francesca on our YouTube page.

 
 
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New report on COVID-19 in Libya

While Libya struggles to get its politics sorted, the COVID-19 pandemic added a new layer of crisis to a country already buckling under the stress of long-term conflict.  BCI has been working with civil society organisations (CSOs) to identify priorities and propose and implement workable solutions to meet the needs of women and girls in response to the impact of COVID-19. 

Our new report summarises top-line findings from recent research conducted by our CSO partners on the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in Libya.

 
 

Violence Against Women in Politics

BCI’s Francesca has, in the past few months, contributed to the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) research on violence against women in politics.  NDI’s #Notthecost campaign to stop violence against women in politics includes identifying the root causes of violence and documenting where and how it happens.  You can read about violence against women in politics in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands here and violence against women political parties in North Macedonia here.

 
 
Team Updates
 
 

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BCI’s Director of Global Programmes, Victoria El-Khoury Zwein, is one of three women recently profiled by Devex and the National Democratic Institute in a podcast series to highlight inspiring voices of women in politics around the world. 

At BCI, Victoria inspires us every day!

 
 

Welcome to our New Associates! 

This month, Carlo and Francesca accepted an invitation to join the Canadian Parliamentary Centre as Associates.  The CPC is an outstanding organisation promoting good governance and strengthening parliamentary democracy in Canada and around the world. We’re excited about this new collaboration with the CPC and honoured to see Carlo and Francesca join such a distinguished group of democracy advocates.

 
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If you follow BCI on social media, you will know that we recently launched an appeal for information.  Our team is collecting global examples of how local organisations responded to the COVID-19 pandemic for an upcoming guide on best practices to respond to crises.  If you know of great examples of community-based initiatives, please share with us so we can include them in the guide.   You can respond to this email or send information or links to [email protected].

 
 

Finally...

While we have enjoyed sticking close to home for the last year (well, those of us who live in the middle of the Mediterranean do), we’re also looking forward to getting vaccinated and resuming travel to visit clients around the world! However, since we’ve had such a positive response to our online training, we will continue to offer our courses even when the world returns to “normal.”