Libyan women initially were largely excluded from official peace talks. 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, over one thousand Libyans participated in a UN-facilitated digital dialogue for women.
Libyan women in civil society organized to influence the peace process and garner support for it. Although women were often excluded from formal peace processes, they participated in conflict resolution and mediation at the local level. Libyan women in civil society also advocated for greater inclusion of women in the official peace process, ultimately leading to female representation of 23 percent in the LPDF.