Libyan women protest against CEDAW

Libyan women protest against CEDAW

November 18, 2021 - 13:27
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

A group of women held a protest in front of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday to voice their rejection of the MoU signed with the UN regarding women, peace, and security in Libya, which specifies that the Libyan government must adhere to the CEDAW Agreement.

"The grievances of Libyan women can not be restored by CEDAW but by applying the Sharia law," one of the banners read.

A woman taking part in the protest said that "the rights we bestowed by Islam was not offered to us by any other document in the world," another accused the UN of "playing on words to mislead the Muslim women by labeling the precepts of Islam as violent acts against women." 

The protesters issued a statement demanding the government to overturn resolution 1325, which they deemed contrary to the Islamic law and offends the culture and customs of Libyan society, calling on the authorities to disclose the outcomes of the investigations launched in this connection.

Safa Bin Abdulla, a member of the Educated Women Movement and one of the organizers, confirmed to The Libya Observer that women are encountering problems and challenges in the Libyan society, but CEDAW is not the solution.

"We want solutions with an Islamic frame of reference and not resolutions imported from other societies and cultures,the problem is that the Islamic law is not applied in practice, Safa explains, insisting that the documents issued in connection to women's rights did not bring justice to women in other communities and will not yield well for Libyans.