Document Type : Review Paper
Women's associations appeared in Libya with the first beginnings of the establishment of the United Kingdom of Libya in the 1950s of the twentieth century. They were associated with voluntary charitable deeds based on the principles of the Islamic religion. They focused on building cultural skills and abilities for Libyan females, helping them to learn, think, and fight illiteracy and poverty through enrolling young women in illiteracy programs, in addition to national awareness programs in radio, press, symposiums and charity fairs they used to organize, especially in raising awareness of the Libyan national identity after colonial attempts to eliminate it, as well as supporting women who wish to establish small development projects to raise the level of income of the Libyan family and eliminate poverty and destitution in society. Despite the difficulties faced by the associations at that stage and some opinions opposing the education and work of women, they contributed to the consolidation of the values of citizenship and its political, economic, social and cultural dimensions.