Contentious politics: Libya's decade of upheaval

What role are women playing in rebuilding Libya’s political institutions?

Audio Published 10 May 2022 40 minute listen

Zahra' Langhi

Co-Founder, The Libyan Women's Platform for Peace

The Contentious politics since the ‘Arab Spring’ project seeks to challenge the current prevalent narrative of a failed 2010/2011 series of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. The project does this by interrogating the events in the Arab region since 2010 in a critical light, and by introducing a more nuanced analytical lens to understanding the evolution of change in the region and its contentious politics. The project is supported by the Carnegie Corporation New York.

In this four-part mini-series from the Undercurrents podcast, Lina Khatib speaks to leading experts about the great upheaval which occurred in the Arab region during the ‘Arab Spring’, the changes across Arab countries that have happened since and the outlook for the future.

In the final episode, Lina and Libyan peace activist Zahra’ Langhi discuss the struggle to rebuild Libya’s institutions and the critical role played by women in this movement and the need for the international community to embrace a rights-based approach.