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Under the Cedar: WLP Global Training Launches in Lebanon!

Posted on 07 September 2011 by

It was an exciting experience as the WLP Global Training of Trainers (GTOT) Team convened its first GTOT, launching this new initiative in the Arab Region. The venue was Beirut, Lebanon. The participants for the pilot session were drawn from diverse backgrounds, with a common thread of women human rights activism in their various countries. What resulted was an intergenerational mentoring process in which some participants were able to practice their facilitation skills with the support of the GTOT Team members. The crux of the training and the methodology that forms the basis for the entire program is the WLP horizontal participatory leadership approach. As each skills building session unfolded, mutual respect, dialogue, and collective decision making became the guiding principles.

GTOT Lebanon

Amidst the intensive training hours, we did not spare the evenings for us to collectively catch some sights of Lebanon. The training ended with an advocacy walk –part of the Nationality Campaign- where the WLP global training corps joined in solidarity with other Lebanese women to demand for the right to confer their nationality to their children. The campaign was organized by the WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A), a WLP partner organization.

In summary, I think women are ready and willing to be mentored and supported to lead the change process. With the WLP GTOT Initiative, we can reach out and build a wider and dynamic constituency. We just need time, creativity, and good planning…and above all to catch some fun!

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