Huna Libya began in 2015 under the umbrella regional platform Huna Sotak and established itself as an independent platform for and with Libyan youth in 2018. It provides multi-media content that offers fresh perspectives on issues that matter to young people from different backgrounds and provides them with a place to participate safely in dialogue and discussion.
Online surveys are used to amplify young Libyans’ voices and bring their needs and aspirations to the attention of formal and informal decision-makers at all levels. Huna Libya, and its community are growing into a well-known brand among youth and national CSOs. With the number of survey respondents averaging 3,000, Huna Libya is able to gather insights into the views of young Libyan on a range of topics.
Highlights of 2019
War broke out in Tripoli in April 2019, plunging the Huna Libya team into uncertainty and insecurity. Suddenly, hate speech and online war were trending. Huna Libya managed to keep publishing posts, videos, articles and positive stories about young Libyans working to help people in the conflict zones. Information about the humanitarian situation, community services such as safe shelters, blood banks, emergency medical centres, and about the dangers of online hate speech connecting to war was also shared.
Best short film award
In 2019, Huna Libya won the Best Short Film Award from Democracy Reporting International and German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The award was given to a campaign video produced by Huna Libya as part of their Women and Work campaign launched in March 2019 in partnership with the Jusoor Centre for Studies and Development. The Libyan Ministry of Education expressed a wish to replicate some of the campaign’s offline activities in schools.
Engaging young women
Huna Libya worked to increase its engagement of women in 2019. We launched a new series of vlogs on issues of particular interest to Libyan women. Amani, possibly the first woman vlogger in Libya focuses on women’s engagement, freedom of expression and women’s rights. Her work gives young Libyan women an opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions. By openly discussing difficult and sometimes controversial topics through this project, Amani initiates dialogue and encourages other women to speak up. While women’s online participation on our platform is similar to the Facebook average, engagement is much higher. A combination of new marketing techniques and publishing more content created by young women saw an increase of 11% in the number of women participating in online discussions compared to 2018.