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Delivering Justice to GBV Survivors

In September 2020, ABA ROLI launched a program to promote justice for gender-based violence (GBV) survivors in Libya, funded by the U.S. Department of State. In collaboration with Libyan civil society and institutional partners—specifically, the Libyan Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Association, and the MOJ — ABA ROLI efforts focus on raising awareness of GBV, helping GBV survivors better understand their legal rights, and enhancing their access to victim-centered legal counseling. Notably within the framework of the program is the establishment of mobile legal teams operated by community-based CSOs. These legal teams travel throughout Libya to raise awareness and provide one-on-one consultations to GBV survivors and persons at-risk. The program also features training of judicial actors on international legal standards and Libyan laws pertaining to GBV, public legal awareness techniques, and trauma-informed legal counseling techniques. ABA ROLI facilitates a national awareness campaign on GBV. Campaign materials include posters to remind bystanders to speak out against GBV, animated videos to change cultural attitudes towards GBV survivors, talk shows about women’s rights, and social media campaigns encouraging survivors to seek assistance and guidance on steps to do so.