Stories from women and youth as bridge builders in Libya
From 2016 to 2020, a consortium led by Cordaid, in partnership with Human Security Collective (HSC) and eight civil society organisations based in Libya, implemented the ‘Women and Youth as bridge builders’ programme in Libya. The evaluation of the programme showed that it had a profound impact on the activists’ perceptions of themselves as bridge builders and it helped to positively change their attitudes and beliefs about gender and their own rights, particularly for the male participants.
End-term evaluation and Sprockler
As the programme finished, an end-term evaluation of this programme was conducted early 2021, by Nele Blommestein, Caroline van Koot and Fatima Moussawi. A variety of methods was used, including the collection of stories of participating activists using the Sprockler tool. The activists were asked a series of open questions, inviting them to describe their experiences as bridge-builders, as well as a series of closed questions to more precisely categorise their answers to the open questions. A total of 35 responses were collected, with seven out of the eight partner organisations represented.
Activists’ changed perceptions
Almost all stories of activists, both men and women, describe a profound impact of the programme on their belief system.
Bonding with fellow activists
Some stories talk about how the activists, coming from different regions in the country, settled their differences in a constructive manner.
Spirit of perseverance
The evaluation noted that the programme was implemented with a spirit of perseverance and adaptation in what was a complex and highly dangerous context in Libya. Activists experienced great pressures on themselves and risks due to the fragile security situation, yet found solutions to implement their initiatives and showed remarkable dedication and resilience throughout the programme implementation. Unfortunately, no continued funding to support its implementation was granted.
- Read the stories here
- For more information on the women activists in this project, read the article by one of the Libyan feminists “You can't stop war by pressing the snooze button” or on women’s rights in Libya "We have stamina. Our struggle is our life." on the Cordaid website.
- For more information on the situation in Libya, read the new research paper on Libya based on collected stories by the 8 Libyan partners ‘Measuring daily safety for effective peacebuilding’ on the Cordaid website.
- Contact Nele Blommestein