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Farida Allaghi is a human rights activist. Since the early 1970 she has been involved in different political opposition groups against the Gaddafi regime. She was forced to leave Libya, and spent forty years in exile. She obtained her PhD in Sociology at Colorado State University in the United States. Her life and career are dedicated to the struggle for human rights and the empowerment of women, young people and civil society in the Arab region. Allaghi worked as an advisor for the United Nations on women’s emancipation and children’s rights. After the fall of the Gaddafi regime she founded the Libyan Forum for Civil Society; in 2015, she was appointed as Chargée d’affaires of the Libyan Mission to the European Union. Disappointed with the functioning of both her own government and the eu, she stepped down from this position earlier this year. She is now taking steps to revive the Libyan Forum for Civil Society and working as a regional and international Strategic Advisor on human development.