During the commemoration, she was hailed as a “tireless patriot” for peace, a “heroine,” “a model of strong Arab women,” and a “symbol for goodness and strength.” Comments were also made on the current state of Libya. Mohammed al-Dairi, Libya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: “A year on from Salwa’s martyrdom, where she paid a high price for her principles and values, Libya’s situation is getting worse. Militias are attacking government institutions, civil society organisations and citizens, jeopardizing Libya’s future… In her honor we pledge to continue to build the Libyan nation on the values of freedom and peace.”
In April, on the day Salwa Bugaighis would’ve celebrated her 52nd birthday, her niece Rima Bugaighis appeared at the Women in the World Summit in New York City to speak about her aunt and role model. Rima, a Libyan lawyer and activist, gave a moving tribute to the passionate feminist and champion for human rights. Salwa felt a “responsibility to those who sacrificed their lives for the ideals she too believed in,” Rima said, and she remembered “her courage, her boldness, and her determination.” Watch Rima’s tribute to the fierce advocate for democracy who “radiated hope and passion” below.