Makers of Hope for Human Rights (SHM) is a new young leaders (18-30) led foundation that was established in 2013. The group is formed by young male and female community leaders who are active in the field of human rights, environment issues, minority rights, and women rights; they are students from different disciplines. They work in a project called Women, Peace and Security, which emphasizes the importance of women’s leadership and political involvement in peacebuilding efforts in conflict-affected countries. They are equipping both young women and men in monitoring community security to hold the Libyan Government accountable on establishing the rule of law and human rights. This way, both female and male young community leaders work in a collective spirit on a common goal that envisions Libya as a state in which women’s rights (as part of human rights) are adhered to. The two Dutch NGOs collaborating on this project – Cordaid and Human Security Collective - bring significant development and advocacy experience into this project. Young community leaders use new media to access and share information, express opinions, improve campaign outreach, build new networks and advocate for community security. The ultimate goal of the project is to strengthen community security through young community leaders in monitoring human security in their own communities. Messages involving dialogue, reconciliation and non-violent conflict resolution will be more widely disseminated among the Libyan public.
Marouane Mohammed Bakit
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya