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Sahar Al-Naas

Researcher

Sahar Mediha Al-Naas is an independent researcher, Public Speaker, Capacity Building Trainer, and a consultant on Gender & Identity, Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Based Violence. Founder and director of Libyan Women for Peace and Freedom. Based in the UK, Sahar holds an MA in Gender and Identity in the Middle East from the University of Exeter, with a focus on Libyan women’s political representation and participation in the public sphere in the post-Gaddafi era. Born in Libya, where Al-Naas completed her first degree, she moved to the UK in 1995 and has worked with women’s organisations in both Libya and the UK. Since 2011, Al-Naas has been working with civil society both in the UK and internationally. She has been travelling between Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Malta and the US to attend and organise conferences, workshops, seminars, and meetings, as well as working as an independent researcher. Sahar held a fellowship at MPV where she lobbied, planned and strategised campaigns for human rights issues and women’s issues. She is a Co-Author of: ‘Women’s Bodies in Post-Revolution Libya: Control and Resistance’, in Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World (2015), and author of Al-NAAS. ‘Sexual Violence and the Women’s Exclusion: The New Libyan Gendered State’ (2018). At present time Sahar works as Resettlement Coordinator at Refugee Support Devon.