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As Instability Grows, IMF Loan Could Threaten Egypt’s Most Vulnerable

Posted on 29 June 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster, on behalf of WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Saturday, June 29

CAIRO: The implications of an IMF loan package to Egypt were discussed in further detail on the second day of a regional conference on economic justice and women’s rights Saturday organised by CRTD.A/WLP-Lebanon.

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Amidst New Waves of Protest, Activists Consider Economic Justice & Women’s Rights

Posted on 28 June 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster, on behalf of WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

CAIRO: On the opening day of WLP-Lebanon/CRTD.A’s regional conference on economic justice and women’s rights, delegates representing women’s organisations from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Bahrain and Morocco met in Cairo to discuss the implications of Egypt’s current IMF (International Monetary Fund) negotiations for women.

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Peru’s New Ministry Demonstrates a Commitment to Inclusive Politics & Growth, and Perhaps a New Model

Posted on 14 November 2012 by

While WLP was in Lima for our annual partners’ meeting and WLP and International Women’s Democracy Network events at the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) Seventh Global Assembly, I enjoyed a presentation about the Peruvian Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS) during a WMD-organized site visit.

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The Need to “Visibilize” Women’s Invisible Work

Posted on 27 June 2012 by

What I have learned from the Istanbul Global TOT: How do we contribute to visibilising women’s invisible work

Earlier this month, I had the wonderful opportunity of preparing and delivering a six day global Training of Trainers (TOT) on women leadership and women’s political participation for a group of 28 trainers and facilitators, the overwhelming majority of whom were from Turkey, in addition to several from WLP’s partner in Pakistan.

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Economic Cooperative Provides Childcare, Job Opportunities to Low-Income Turkish Women

Posted on 24 May 2012 by

I traveled to Istanbul in April for several Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) events and meetings in conjunction with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Forum on Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice. During my trip, I had the privilege of visiting the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (FSWW)—WLP’s partner in Turkey—learning more than I could have ever hoped about the Foundation’s work through in-person discussions with staff, site visits to a cooperative in the network and the Nahil retail shop that sells goods produced by local women, and through participating in FSWW’s session at the AWID Forum.  The Foundation’s critical efforts are doing so much to further women’s economic security and to build individual and women’s collective leadership and advocacy capacity.

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The Costs of Undervaluing Women’s Work

Posted on 02 April 2012 by

On March 29, 2012 WLP-Lebanon/CRTD.A organized a round table discussion on economic indicators and how they measure women’s economic participation, contribution and empowerment.

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Women Drive Change – Call for Women + Tech Photos

Posted on 01 February 2012 by

While I was already thrilled to be representing WLP as a participant in SXSW* this year, after just getting off a planning call with my co-panelists, I am even more energized for our event — only a few weeks away!

WLP Youth Tech Festival participants practice using tech for women's empowerment (2011; Amman, Jordan)

Our SXSW panel, “Women Drive Change: Tech in the Global South,” will discuss how women in the Global South are using technology in new and creative ways to change the world, from leveraging social media for political power, to using mobile technologies to start their own businesses, to breaking gender barriers with the support of tech-based tools.

But…we need your help! In preparing for our presentation, we are collecting photos related to the theme of “women and technology in the Global South” and would love to incorporate your contributions! So, PLEASE SEND YOUR PHOTOS either via twitter, using #SXFemTech or WLP’s Twitter account @WLP1, or via Facebook on our SXSW panel page. If you have trouble sending us a picture via Twitter or Facebook, just leave me a comment below with your email address and I’ll be in touch.

In addition to your photos, please share any articles, thoughts, or experiences related to women and tech in the Global South.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing your beautiful pictures!

For those who can make it to Austin on March 13, come join our conversation 3:30-4:30 pm at the AT&T Conference Hotel, Salon E.

For more information on the panel discussion and my amazing co-panelists, please visit our event page.

*For those of you unfamiliar with SXSW…
What started as a showcase for cutting-edge musicians has since morphed into a massive ten day event that essentially takes over the city of Austin, Texas and includes music, a film festival, and SXSW Interactive, which highlights new developments in the world of technology.

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Namlyeh and Nuhul: Partners develop solutions for women’s economic empowerment in Beirut and Istanbul

Posted on 26 September 2011 by

Although I had actually volunteered to go to Turkey to work with our colleagues at KEDV as part of WLP’s Peer-to-Peer capacity building process, the trip took a long time to materialize mostly because of my own chaotic timetable. My interest was spurred by the fact that WLP’s partner in Turkey, Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (KEDV), works with no less that 70 women cooperatives. CRTD.A has been working with some 40 rural women cooperatives within the framework of a women’s economic empowerment programme, which was set up almost a decade ago. Being able to learn about women cooperatives in another nearby country and share our own experience was quite motivating for me especially since the visit was intended to engage in a strategic planning process that KEDV was facilitating for the coops with which it works.

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Changing the Feminine Face of Poverty in Nigeria: Challenges Facing Women in Poverty and BAOBAB’s Strategic Interventions

Posted on 05 May 2011 by

Seventy percent of those living in absolute poverty in our world – who starving or on the edge of starvation – are female. All over the world, women and children are the mass of the poor and the poorest of the poor.

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You Deserve It! Human Rights Or Bringing Down the Pet Industry

Posted on 08 April 2011 by

“You deserve it!” cheerfully claim one advertisement after another. You deserve an expensive pair of shoes! You’ve worked hard, therefore you owe yourself a little plastic surgery! As an idealist in this consumerist society, those claims have a unique ability to make my skin crawl.

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Partnership in Action: ADFM and CRTD.A Team Up for a Strategic Planning Workshop

Posted on 20 October 2010 by

WLP’s Peer to Peer initiative saw the light during the Partnership meeting in Washington DC in September 2008. The rationale was compelling. Feminist and activist organisations are engaged in actions and activities within a local and often international context that is increasingly complex, changing and, most of all, intense and constantly demanding. Taking a breather for the sole purpose of taking stock of previous and current work as well as planning is, for many of us, a luxury that we cannot afford amidst consecutive, competing and often endless deadlines and demands on our time and attention.

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How Many Women CEOs Are There in Fortune 1000 Companies?

Posted on 13 August 2010 by

Humor me on this cloudy Friday morning by taking a wild guess at how many women CEO’s there are in Fortune 1000 companies in 2009.

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