- Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the UN
- Ambassador Elmahdi Elmajerbi, Charge d'Affaires, a.i., Permanent Mission of Libya
Moderator: Ms. Magda El Sanousi, Director of UNSMIL Women's Empowerment Section
On the margins of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW62), the European Union and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will co-host the screening of two short documentary films depicting Libya’s human rights struggles and its young women's aspirations, followed by a panel discussion with a group of Libyan women activists. Young Libyan women produced the films as part of a project financed by the EU Delegation to Libya and implemented by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). The event aims to raise the visibility of gender and human rights issues in Libya and to provide a space for the audience to engage with Libyan women on these issues.
The “Short-movies by Libyan Filmmakers on Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation” project was developed by the CIHRS and the Libya Platform of Civil Society Organizations in 2017, to use art as a tool to promote human rights in Libya. In July 2017, CIHRS launched a competition for creative young Libyans to describe their reality and its challenges through innovative ways, and received more than 80 applications — including documentaries, fiction, animation and experimental films. Eight films were selected. Between September and November 2017, CIHRS trained the selected participants on filmmaking techniques through a series of workshops led by Canadian-Lebanese film director Katia Jarjoura. Eight films were produced as a result and two have been selected for this event. The films were screened in Marseille in November 2017 during an arts and culture workshop organized by Réseau Euromed France, in Tunis at the French Institute to Libya, on 8 December 2017, and in Paris, on 27 February 2018, in collaboration with the French Organization, iReMMO.
Culture and the arts is a central element of this initiative, used to depict the challenges faced by the Libyan women in the transition towards democracy and gender equality. Both democracy and gender equality can only be achieved by empowering citizens to freely express themselves without censorship. These films are dedicated to every individual who believes in advancing women's participation in decision making, ending gender-based violence, and promoting gender equality.
The event has been developed in parallel with another initiative of UNSMIL and UNWOMEN to facilitate the participation of Libyan women to the 62nd session of the CSW. This initiative is financed by the governments of Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands under the umbrella of the “Amel” project.
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