Makers of Hope

Catalyzing a culture of dialogue in Libya through the practice of professional and ethical conflict-sensitive reporting
"We are an organization of young male and female community leaders, from different disciplines, who are active in the fields of human rights, environmental issues, minority rights, and women's rights in Libya."
Christianity, Islam
Number of Members
North Africa
Tripoli, Libya
Joined URI Network

Makers of Hope for Human Rights (SHM) is a foundation led by young leaders that was established in 2013. The group is formed by young male and female community leaders who are active in the fields of human rights, environmental issues, minority rights, and women's rights. Their work focuses on 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. Members are equipping both young women and men in monitoring community security to hold the Libyan government accountable for establishing the rule of law and human rights. In this way, female and male young community leaders work in a collective spirit for 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. Members use media platforms 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, as a result of the work of this Cooperation Circle (CC), will be more widely disseminated among the Libyan public.

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