In Tripoli on the on the 7th December men and women came out in silent protest against a law to control the right to protest.
At a time when a national dialogue is crucial as we draft our constitution, communication between the GNC and society should be developed not squashed. After 42years without a voice, non-violent, focussed protest should be encouraged. With current events from Egypt vibrating in the background, Libyans want to safeguard their revolution and their constitution, they will not be silenced.
Being in Libya, I am considered old, feeling the constant pressure that I should be married by now. I almost avoid going to weddings as the end of the night usually results in me having to explain to an old women who likes the way I dance why I am not married and why my work is so important to me. Yes I want to get married, yes I want children, but not now, and not this way.
I’ve found myself in the homes of lovely women, being cared for and supplied endless tea and baklava, thinking that they want to show the foreign Libyan how things are done…only to discover that at the end of the evening they have decided I’ve passed the test and that I am fit to meet/marry their son/ grandson, and if, IF he likes me then we could be a good match for marriage. Lucky me. I’m not ungrateful, I just can’t get my head around this concept, the ultimate blind date, with a bit of peeking.
One side of me romanticises the idea of an arranged marriage, the unknown, the sacred, the innocence of it, the other side just wants to run for the door screaming.