Seven Libyan business women from various sectors and segments of the society will be in Rome through 28 October on a training course dealing with the themes of equal opportunity and social inclusion. The project, introduced at the foreign ministry in Rome, has been organized by the Associazione Pari o Dispari with the support of the MFA and ENI.
Among those present at the meeting, where discussions ranged from civil rights to the inclusion of women in the society and economics, were Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Marta Dassù, Vice President of the Senate Emma Bonino Director General for Country Promotion Maurizio Melani and Director General for Development Cooperation Elisabetta Belloni.
Women in Diplomacy
Dassù placed the accent on the government’s interest in gender issues, referring in particular to the Mediterranean region and to the massive social changes under way there. She also pointed out the foreign ministry’s organization this past July of the international conference Women in Diplomacy (WID), which will have an important follow-up with the launch in February of the WID Winter School: a workshop for young Mediterranean women intending to seek international careers.
Emma Bonino expressed the hope that this training course would not be an isolated event, “but rather the start of a continuing dialogue capable of helping Libyan women in their ambitious struggle for freedom. As European women”, she added, “we shall do everything possible to help”. Among the participants in the course is the young Alaa Murabit, founder of The Voice of Libyan Women, an NGO concerned with the women’s development in the areas of politics and economics.