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صوت شباب ليبيا: نقاش حول قانون العزل السياسي

تناولت هذه الحلقة من سلسلة صوت شباب ليبيا موضوع  قانون العزل السياسي في ليبيا وماصاحبه من جدل واسع في الاوساط الشعبية.  افتتح النقاش حول مدى شعبية هذا القرار. للمزيد اضغط هنا

Volunteer Libya: Gift of Learning Fundraiser

By Volunteer Libya

Many of us wish to help Libya in any way we can whether it be by volunteering on the ground or from abroad. We are waiting for this opportunity.

Today Volunteer LibyGIFTOFLEARNINGLOGOa in conjunction with the Save the Old city Campaign is proud to present our Gift of Learning program for the disadvantaged kids.

This summer program commence on the first week of June until the end of the summer break. It will be run by our Volunteer Libya staff with the financial help and support from your generous donations.

The Mission of the program is:

The mission of the Gift of Learning program is to improve our youths’ leadership skills through self-discovery using education, arts, and sports.

The Program Purpose is:

1. Provide a fun and safe place for students during summer hours
2. Provide positive interaction with caring role models
3. Encourage and develop life skills, respect for others, and positive social interaction
4. Introduce and engage youth in positive and potentially life changing environment
5. Provide an academic focus on reading and receiving assistance/tutoring in achieving higher scores during the school year.

There are three ways you can participate:

1. 2. Gift registries

ADDRESS:
Volunteer Libya
P.O BOX 621873
Orlando, FL 32862
United States

a. Walmart wish list:

http://www.walmart.com/giftregistry/gr_detail.do?registryId=86160933082

ship to store : location:
1471 E Osceola Pkwy
kissimmee, fl 34744

b. Amazon:

http://amzn.com/w/1FMRZRZACW0JT

2. Donate:

a. http://volunteerlibya.org/?p=165
i. Five dollars buys a book for a child, fifty dollars buys 50 books.

3. Volunteer if you are in Libya:

a. Email us:

volunteer@volunteerlibya.org if you can commit to this project

Volunteers are needed in the following area’s
i. Arabic and English volunteers needed
ii. Art volunteers and teachers
iii. Management (to oversee the program)
b. Bring a book to read and leave it for the kids library
c. Bring toys for break time
d. Make a difference by spending few hours helping kids have hope.

Volunteer Libya is a nonprofit organization registered in the state of Washington,USA. All monetary donations are subject to nonprofit exempt status. Direct all your questions to our email at volunteer@volunteerlibya.org

please remember the container leaves first week of may, so All GIFTS AND DONATIONS need to be received by April 28th, 2013, so that we can pack and finishing purchasing everything.

Our condolences..

On behalf of Libyan Humanitarian Action, I take this moment to express our deepest condolences to the friends and families of those injured and passed in Monday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  I’m deeply sickened with this news and hope that Boston and the communities will remain to be safe and peaceful place as we always look at it.

Yours Sincerely,

Ayman Grada
Executive Director
Libyan Humanitarian Action

Libya: Release Ailing Newspaper Editor | Human Rights Watch

UN adopts plan to combat violence against women

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Conservative Muslim and Roman Catholic countries and liberal Western nations approved a U.N. blueprint to combat violence against women and girls, ignoring strong objections from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that it clashed with Islamic principles and sought to destroy the family.

After two weeks of tough and often contentious negotiations, 131 countries joined consensus Friday night on a compromise 17-page document that Michelle Bachelet, the head of the U.N. women’s agency, called historic because it sets global standards for action to prevent and end “one of the gravest violations of human rights in the world, the violence that is committed against women and girls.”

“People worldwide expected action, and we didn’t fail them,” she said to loud applause. “Yes, we did it!”

On Wednesday, the Brotherhood, which has emerged as the most powerful political faction in Egypt since the 2011 uprising, lashed out at the anticipated document for advocating sexual freedoms for women and the right to abortion “under the guise of sexual and reproductive rights.” It called the title, on eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls, “deceitful.”

Last week, Egypt proposed an amendment to the text saying that each country is sovereign and can implement the document in accordance with its own laws and customs, a provision strongly opposed by many countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

It was dropped in the final compromise drafted by the meeting’s chair. Instead, the final text urges all countries “to strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls and to refrain from invoking any custom, tradition and religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination.”

When countries were polled on their views on the final draft, there was fear among the declaration’s supporters that Egypt would oppose it, which would block the consensus required for adoption.

The head of Egypt’s delegation, politician and diplomat Mervat Tallawy, surprised and delighted the overwhelming majority of delegates and onlookers in the crowded U.N. conference room when she ignored the Brotherhood and announced that Egypt would join consensus.

“International soldarity is needed for women’s empowerment and preventing this regressive mood, whether in the developing countries or developed, or in the Middle East in particular,” Tallawy told two reporters afterwards. “It’s a global wave of conservatism, of repression against women, and this paper is a message that if we can get together, hold power together, we can be a strong wave against this conservatism.”

Tallawy, who is president of the National Council for Women-Egypt, said she has told this to Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, who came from the Muslim Brotherhood,

“I believe in women’s cause. I don’t take money from the government. I work voluntarily. If they want to kick me out they can. But I will not change my belief in women,” she said. “Women are the slaves of this age. This is unacceptable, and particularly in our region.”

A number of Muslim and Catholic countries including Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Holy See and Honduras expressed reservations about elements of the text — but Libya was the only country to dissociate itself from the final document though it did not block consensus.

Libya’s top cleric raised similar concerns to the Muslim Brotherhood, rejecting the document for violating Islamic teachings. The Libyan delegation objected to paragraphs calling for sex education for all adolescents and youth, with appropriate direction from parents, and for priority to programs for girls’ education so they can take responsibility for their own lives, “including access to a sustainable livelihood.”

At the start of the meeting, Bachelet said data from the World Health Organization and other research shows that an average of 40 percent — and up to 70 per cent of women in some countries — face violence in their lifetimes, and she pointed to recent high-profile attacks on women in India and Pakistan. She said Friday that during the two-week session “countless women and girls around the world have suffered violence.”

When the Commission on the Status of Women took up violence against women a decade ago, governments were unable to reach agreement on a final document because of differences over sex education, a woman’s right to reproductive health, and demands for an exception for traditional, cultural and religious practices.

The final document approved Friday reaffirms that women and men have the right to enjoy all human rights “on an equal basis,” recommits governments to comprehensive sex education, calls for sexual and reproductive health services such as emergency contraception and safe abortion for victims of violence, and calls on government to criminalize violence against women and punish gender-related killings. But it dropped references to sexual orientation and gender identity.

“We did make gains,” said Francoise Girard, president of the New York-based International Women’s Health Coalition. “This is the first time we have an agreed document recognizing emergency contraception as a necessary service to preserve women’s health.”

Terri Robl, the U.S. deputy representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, called the agreement an important step but said the text is “only a beginning.” She expressed regret at its failure to state that ending violence must apply to all women, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, or to refer specifically to “intimate partner violence.”

While the document is not legally binding, Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said “it sets a certain standard by which all member states can monitor their performance and can be monitored by others.”

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/un-adopts-plan-combat-violence-against-women