Major fighting has come to an end in Libya and the Libya’s transitional government is in charge of most of the country. Last week, the leader of the new government, Mustafa Abdeljalid, made his first national speech on martyr’s square in the capital. He issued a call for reconciliation throughout the country. This is a wonderful beginning. There is always danger after a revolution that new forms of civil strife will develop as various factions fight for leadership in the new situation. Reconciliation is going to be the key to the new democratic Libya and maybe the key to that key will be the women of the country. Libyan women were extraordinarily active during the revolution serving heroically in many different capacities. They are now struggling to keep a share in the power that comes with freedom and that they helped to secure.
After so many years of oppression, it is only natural that some people, filled with hatred, would seek vengeance. Let’s hope and pray that the women of Libya, who instinctively know the advantages of peace and harmony, will be major players in helping to lead the country into a new and beautiful chapter.