Libyan women have struggled with exclusion from official peace talks. However, in 2020, following a campaign for inclusion, seventeen of the seventy-five negotiators (23 percent) in the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) were women, marking a significant improvement in women’s representation in the official Libyan peace process. In addition to the LPDF, more than one thousand Libyans participated in a UN-facilitated digital dialogue for women. The LPDF was ultimately unable to help facilitate a lasting political solution for Libya, and a stalemate has ensued since late 2020. In February 2023, the special representative of the secretary-general (SRSG) for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, announced his plans for a High-Level Steering Panel for Libya focused on moving the country toward presidential and parliamentary elections as early as 2023. While members of the steering panel have yet to be announced, Bathily has stated that it will be comprised of a diverse group of Libyan stakeholders, including women and youth.
Libyan women have advocated tirelessly for their inclusion in efforts to build a lasting peace in Libya. They were instrumental in helping women secure 23 percent of seats in the LPDF and have participated in conflict resolution and mediation efforts at the local level.