Ms. Hibaaq Osman discusses the importance of women in the Arab Spring. She also touches upon how the Arab uprisings would not have been as effective if women had not played a major role. The uprisings spurred women to take to the streets and help organise rallies via social media tools, something they continue to do.Ms. Osman also raises concerns regarding the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the apparent resurgence of conservatism sweeping countries like Egypt. She mentions that some leaders are now trying to hijack the progress which was made during the uprisings and leaving women behind.Lastly, she discusses NATO’s relationship with women, calling for NATO to better reach out and build a relationships with women and local communities. When the men go of to war it is the women who are left in behind in charge of the households, needing a different kind of security and access to education, healthcare and job training.She concludes by saying that the narrative of security needs to change when trying to build a strong relationship between NATO and women across the world.
Ms. Maysson Amer Tughar asks NATO not to forget Libya, even though the mission had been terminated.Ms. Tugar appeals for more involvement from NATO in the Libyan transitional government. She explains the pivotal role that women played in the Libya uprising from engaging in social media to smuggling guns under their clothes. When asked about United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325,. Ms.Tughar is optimistic but recognizes that it has not yet been implemented into concrete action plans in the Arab states. She hopes to bring to Libya what she has learned from the conference..Ms. Tughar also explains the role she played during the Libyan uprising, even though she was not in Libya at the time. Instead she helped her fellow countrymen by publishing messages sent from Libya in the internet and by aiding friends with obtaining visas.
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