3 Libyan Youth, 3 Podcast Episodes: to Listen to in the International Youth Day and Every Day
It is not a surprise — at least for us — that Young people are at the heart of peace and social justice movements across the world, and Libya is no exception. Young people constitute the majority of the Libyan population, and despite that they are constantly marginalized in structures that meant to amplify their voices the most. In particular, for Young women and girls, who are facing age and gender-based discrimination, amongst other intersecting inequalities.
In addition to advancing feminist peace in war-torn Libya, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Young women activists (14–25) find themselves at doubled risk to raising awareness and building community resilience against CoronaVirus at local and national contexts. But also they are burdened with unpaid housework and emotional labour.
Today in the International Youth Day, and everyday, we thought it is always meaningful — and a must — to listen to Young people voices , and particularly indigenous (and) Young women in Libya. To actually listen to Young people (without tokenism) is essentially means to recognize their intersectional realities, radical aspirations and their bitter-sweet dreams.
Here are 3 podcast episodes of 3 wonderful young women we absolutely enjoyed on repeat during the lockdown. They brought tears and smiles and above all, they brought feeling of Libya.
#1 Lamis Ben Ayad
In this episode of the Peace Corner podcast, organized by UNOY Peacebuilders, GPPAC, and our partner CSPPS, inspiring Lead Member Lamis Ben Aiyad gives a thoughtful analysis of the indigenous struggles, and why inclusion and intersectionality matters in Libya. Through her intersectional work with Tamazight Women’s Movement, Lamis brings her experiences in tackling gender-based violence and lack of of women and indigenous peoples political participation in the peace process. Lamis also explains her takes on feminism from her own positionality as indigenous Young woman from Libya and how privilege can remain invisible in positions of power.
“I felt the responsibility as a community member to be active, and as woman, indigenous and youth, I try to provide safe spaces for youth — in all their intersecting identities — and share and highlight their stories in personal and collective work.”
—Lamis Ben Aiyad, 21
#2 Rawan Khalfalla
Second champion and peacebuilder, Rawan Khalfalla of sister organization Together We Build It, in this episode of I Don’t Know Anything podcast she speaks about her own revolution in 2011 Libyan uprising . It was an honest conversation about grief, peace and survival from the perspective of a Young woman living in a conflict zone. We can feel Rawan’s emotions while telling personal stories of violence and her day to day reality in Tripoli. She reminds us that disarmament and demilitarization is a Young women’s issue, and why now more than ever we need Young women in peace talks.
“When you don’t have power (electricity) for at least one week now, and you have been witnessing power cuts for more than two months, you would be skeptical for any hope…you are really left drained, negative, and left with no ability to look up for the future… but the beauty of the civil society it really fills you with hope, to meet all these wonderful people doing great things. I say the future won't so bad because those people are still here.”
— Rawan Khalfalla, 24
#3 Tewa Barnosa
Heart opener, personal and political, this how we can describe this favourite episode by Da Miri podcast of the young artist Tewa Barnosa, Founder and Curator @waraqfoundation. A beautiful symphony of deep reflections on history, artivism, Tamazight, and peace in Libya.
“I’m 21 years old. My name means a bridge or communication in Amazighi, and in one way or another, I feel like this is what I’m looking for in my life or what I’m doing on a regular basis.”
— Tewa Barnosa, 21
Author: Inas Miloud, Tamazight Women’s Movement (TWM)