on May 13th, 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized the second edition of the Libyan Forum for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with the participation of HNEC and representatives from civil society organizations concerned with persons with disabilities. This edition is held under the slogan: (Towards a media that supports the rights of persons with disabilities).
The HNEC was represented in this forum by the Director of the Awareness Department, Mr. Sadig Al-Zakkar, and the awareness coordinators: Mr. Abd El-Wahab Belhaj, Mrs. Aaesha Thabbout and Mr. Khalid Al-Mannaee, in addition to Mr. Mohammed Al-Sokni and Mr. Mohammed Al-Serti, from HNEC Tripoli Office. During the program, Mrs. Aaesha Thabbout delivered a presentation on the actions taken by HNEC to promote the participation of persons with disabilities in elections.
The Forum also included a presentation on schools education program, the stereotype of disability in the media, and the challenges and prospects of disability in the Libyan media.
The Forum concluded with some recommendations, including:
- Developing some programs for persons with disabilities to recognizing their rights and priorities through the media.
- Activating the role of CSOs, taking care of persons with disabilities in communicating with the media.
- Training persons with disabilities by media specialists to enhance their practical capacities.