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Libya: Zahra Langhi, women under attack, fight continues - Politics -

Langhi, whose movement was created in 2011 with over 100 women from various sector of civil society, said that the North African country, ''from North to South, from East to West'' is experiencing daily ''assassinations, kidnappings, abuse and rape'', also ''by ''Islamic militias''.

Libyan women, the activist said on the sidelines of the Aswan International Women Festival, which has just wrapped up, ''started the revolution but we did not fight to reach this''.

Today's Libya, she stressed, is a no man's land. ''There is no rule of law, no Constitution and the Serraj government - which is internationally recognized - is very weak and does not control the territory. And women pay the highest price''.

Many activists, including Langhi, had to leave the country.

16 March 2017 USIP publication

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A view from Turkey on insults to women in power as everyday sexism

The idea that it is enough for women to get the basic right to vote and be voted for is simply imbedded in men's collective subconscious. As a matter of fact, the more women become successful, gain power and come to the forefront, the more men feel that they are tough enough to take insults. While ordinary women are expected to stay silent over daily sexism at home, on the street or at the office, female leaders are supposed to take it, ignore it and show the world how strong they are. If they cannot take it, it shows that they are not suitable for the job, according to men.