Jibril calls on women to stand in elections

Tripoli, 10 March: Former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has called on Libyan women to become politically active.

Speaking at a conference on Saturday in Tripoli to mark International Women’s Day, he encouraged women to take part in the country’s developing democracy.  They should stand for elections, he said. They should vote.  “Women’s votes will make the difference,” he declared.

He also said that women’s rights had begun to be sidelined in the past three or four months of the momentous changes that were the Arab Spring. Women were insufficiently represented in what was happening . . .

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