Asma Khalifa

Libyan human rights activist

Asma Khalifa is a Libyan activist and researcher who has worked on human rights, women’s rights, and youth empowerment since 2011. Growing up as a non-Arab, Amazigh Libyan under the rule of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, Khalifa witnessed the negative impact of discrimination and violence against women. She has spent her career contributing to the building of Libya’s civil society and has recently worked on peacebuilding and conflict transformation in the country. For her efforts, Khalifa received the 2016 Luxembourg Peace Prize during the World Peace Forum in the European Parliament, and in 2017, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Young Africans” by the Africa Youth Awards. Khalifa is also the co-founder of the Tamazight Women’s Movement, a think tank that works on gender equality and research on the indigenous women of Libya and North Africa. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the German Institute for Global Area Studies, focusing on the consequences of civil war violence on inter-gender relations.

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