Alaa Murabit is the co-founder of Voice of Libyan Women to lobby for women equal rights
Alaa Murabit, Founder of Voice of Libyan Women
During the uprisings of the Arab Spring, rape and sexual assault were tragically common. And in some countries, it's been suggested sexual violence was actually used as a weapon against rebels.
Alaa Murabit is the founder of Voice of Libyan Women. She's a Libyan Canadian who is currently studying medicine at Al Zawiya University in Libya. She visited some of the country's remote areas to speak with assault victims.
Today she's in Toronto to give the keynote address at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law conference titled Sexual Violence in the Recent Conflicts in Libya and Syria. Alaa Murabit was in our Toronto studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien.
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