Salwa Bughaigis murdered for defending freedom

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Salwa Bughaigis murdered for defending freedom

Friday, 27th June 2014. The Women for Africa Foundation wishes to express its most bitter and heartfelt condemnation of the murder of Libyan activist Salwa Bughaigis, and our trust that her constant, courageous fight for women’s equality and the rights of all citizens will serve as an example and an inspiration.

Salwa was well known in her country and was one of the most visible faces of the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. She was cruelly murdered in her home in Benghazi two days ago, shortly after making a call for participation in the country's legislative elections, the second ones held since the fall of the dictator.

Those who knew her say that she embodied the best of Libya and that her charisma, courage and integrity in defence of the oppressed gave hope to many of her fellow citizens through the hardest times.  

Her cowardly murder leaves a great void in the struggle for freedom in her country and in the rest of the world, as well as in women’s struggle to obtain our full status as citizens. Through these lines, we wish to express our most sincere condolences to all the Libyan people, since the loss of Salwa means the loss of an international leader in defending human rights. Our greatest consolation is that nobody can take away her legacy; a legacy which, through the Women for Women for Africa, we shall do everything possible to spread and honour.

Rest in peace.

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