international women's day 2011

The Brave Women of Libya, Libya: Network of Free Ulema of Libya, 8 March 2011

Posted on: 19 March 2011

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad, his Kin, and his Companions

Tuesday 8th March 2011

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8th 2011), we celebrate and congratulate Libya’s brave women who have so greatly contributed to the great revolution of February 17th 2011.

We have witnessed women of all ages march and fight for Libya’s freedom and for the human rights of all Libyans, women and men. We have witnessed Libyan mothers selflessly offering their children to fight, and if necessary be martyred, for a future of freedom and dignified living. We have witnessed women doctors and nurses attend to the thousands of wounded. We have witnessed women working tiressly in the media, and on the political, legal, economic and social fronts. We have learned so much from our fellow women scholars in this very Network of Free Ulema.

We celebrate your heroic political, social, scholarly and economic achievements. We congratulate you, and promise you that all of us, women and men, will work together towards a Libya of equality and fairness for all.

Our Network shares the declared UN goal for 2011 of equal access to education and training, and shall ask the Interim Transitional National Council that represents all Libyans to make it a clear goal in its agenda for this year and beyond.

May the significance of this special day, become an inspiration for a New and Free Libya.



We are a network of some of Libya’s most senior and most respected Muslim Religious Scholars with various specializations and tribal backgrounds from across our beloved Libya. Our network also includes some of the most respected Sufi Teachers in our country. Some top Judges, Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, University Professors and Intellectuals, as well as Writers and Poets, are also members. Our network includes both men and women, old and young, locally educated and educated- abroad. We are not a political party, and our only agenda is that of upholding the highest religious, spiritual, moral, and human values, and the service of our beloved Libya. We are diverse groups of different schools and outlooks, and we believe in the richness of plurality, and the wisdom of dialogue and communication with all other faiths and cultures. Our network is only one dimension of Libya’s very rich and sophisticated Civil Society, which has always been there, but has had to go clandestine for many years because of the regime’s repressive policies. In the New Libya, all these seeds will sprout into a rich and vibrant culture, unified, and mutually respectful. For the time being, security conditions do not allow us to publish a list of members. We will publish such a list as soon as we can.

See also:
* Network of Free Ulema – Libya
* Thousand attend International Women’s Day rally in Libya

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