Sometimes it seems that things never change in Libya, or maybe there will be some progress and then something happens and all the progress is wasted. Personally, I've noticed that the best policy in Libya seems to be small, carefully placed steps that move forward a bit at a time. The result will be a big difference in the end. For the past few years one organization has been doing just that.
Libyan Women Economic Empowerment has been sponsored since 2013 by MEDA, an NGO based in Canada and the USA. They've been working with Libyan women who are either already established entrepreneurs or those who would like to set up their own businesses. By offering various workshops, support and networking opportunities to Libyan women they are making a big impact, not just on the women who are involved, but on the community as a whole.
Last Saturday I attended their award ceremony in Tripoli. Substantial grants and awards were given to a variety of Libyan businesswomen from throughout Libya and from various sectors. I was so proud to see the enthusiasm that these ladies have for their work and for their support of each other. With one carefully placed step at a time, they are making a real difference in the lives of so many.
If you would like to get involved or learn more about LWEE, you can find their Facebook page here: facebook.com/medalibya.ly and their website: www.LWEE.org