Women sit at a cafe on a beach in Tripoli, Libya October 28, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
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Fatima Nasser's new business had barely got off the ground when she was accused of being a foreign spy for giving women employment opportunities in Libya, her war-torn home country.Just one in four Libyan women is employed, according to World Bank data – a situation Nasser, 21, hopes to change with a new food delivery app that allows them to earn money from their own kitchens."You have a society that has been closed for 100 years, you can't just open a communication gate between two genders that were not supposed to talk to each other unless they were married to do business," Nasser said.She now has 300 cooks ready to start work, having trialed the service successfully with 20 in the southern Libyan city of Sabha – among them 26-year-old Ekhlas Ekrim.Security in many parts of the country is poor and the protracted conflict has meant more women having to earn a living as men go off to fight, said development organization MEDA, which teaches business skills to women in Libya.
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