Middle East and North Africa Human Rights, Political and Public Leadership
Global Leadership Awards
UPDATE: Salwa passed away in June 2014 — read the remembrance by Alyse Nelson.
Human rights lawyer Salwa Bugaighis has long been known throughout Libya for her work defending political prisoners during the Qaddafi regime. She played a prominent role throughout Libya’s rebellion, including as an organizer of the February 17, 2011 demonstrations in Benghazi that marked the beginning of the dictatorship’s end.
Salwa has remained an active force in the country’s ongoing political transition. An original member of Libya’s National Transitional Council, she resigned her position after three and a half months to protest the lack of women in the new government