PeaceWoman of the Month
Peace activist from Libya
Omelez Ali Alfarsi was born in Libya in 1957. She grew up in Benghazi, where she also studied Political Science and Economics. In 2006 she obtained a doctorate from Cairo University. She is Head of the Department of Political Science and Economics at the University of Benghazi, but is forced to live in Cairo for security reasons at the moment.
Omelez uses her scientific know-how for political actions: she is committed to dialogue and the participation of women in Libya after Gaddafi. In 2011 she was one of 35 women to co-found the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace. The network that today encompasses over 100 organizations and people works to ensure that women’s rights and freedoms are guaranteed by the new Libyan Constitution. In a country that is sinking into political chaos this task is truly not an easy one. Omelez is not only concerned by the difficult situation in Libya, she also cares about the reconciliation process in her current home Egypt. That’s why this September she supported the PWAG Dialogue Forum in Tanta with her expertise: “If we are not talking, we are not peace makers,” is her credo.