Libyan bloggers have been quite prolific on many topics this past week, however what easily dominated their minds this time was the ‘invisible’ law regulating the Libyan females under the age of 40 from travelling abroad.
No one seems to have a concrete idea why it is being put on the agenda, and speculations abound.
Dania2004 from Our little family adventures cannot digest the news :
“My dad is a lawyer.. he would always say that Libya has the best laws regarding gender equality… and that women are privileged to live here because they will always know that they are protected by the means of law….and that they just need some knowledge and information about their rights and duties […] to go to visit my family i need my husband to take me there…and since his holiday time is different from mine.. he will have to return back for his studies , then come back again to Libya to take me back.. as if I'm a bag…or a piece of furniture” “
Sereeb in her post Shame on you is full of bitterness best described in this one sentence ” what a wonderful gift to women in women’s Day!! “
It's good to see a man's point of view on this topic. Braveheart calls it a strange decision.
“I can't understand the benefit of this decision,” he laments.
The discussions generated were rich and varied, but Highlander was the one to remind us that we are dealing with a
mysterious decision as no one can find the actual text for up to now.
“It seems some women have been turned back, and I also read plenty of references to this Law, but I do not see the text or a copy of it anywhere.”
She wonders if it is in retaliation for the actions of some Libyan girls abroad that may have “disgraced” the nation, but cannot fathom the wisdom of it all. You can read the rest here.
A good idea would be to check the comments for a fuller picture.
In the meantime let's hope grounding Libyan women will be shortlived.