I just want to tell you a few words about discrimination of foreign women who . . .[restrict]work in Libya, women who want to become mothers and raise their children here in Libya while working unselfishly and helping many people for a salary which is shamingly low.
I didn’t know there’s any difference between Libyan and foreign children or between Libyan women or any other women in this world.
Today I found out that a foreign female who works in Centre for Disabled Janzour gets only two months maternity leave as opposed to three months for a Libyan women.
I was very confused when I was told this. Just five minutes before I had a paper from Department of Ministry of Social Affairs in Swani in my hands where it was written in Arabic (which I fortunately can read) that my wife was granted three months of maternity leave starting from date of discharge from the hospital.
But the administration ay the hospital told me that the guys from the ministry do not know the laws and that my wife is entitled only to two months.
I was shocked. I felt like I was smacked for a few times and I did not know how to react. I wanted to curse. I wished to say them so much but I just turned and went out. I knew it was useless to talk to them when they are not interested in listening to you.
Maybe we deserve it, we who stayed with Libyans during Revolution, who traveled to Zintan to give treatment to injured and sick people, who kept the hospital warehouse from being looted.
You who will govern this new freed Libya please don’t allow this difference to be repeated in its new laws. Keep in mind that all children are the same and that they need their mothers to be with them in first months of their lives. Even three months are not sufficient, not to mention less than this.
I feel so disappointed.
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