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Strong Women of Egypt

Posted on 23 February 2014 by

Fifty five of those who drafted the new Egyptian constitution were women.

This was the climax of Egyptian women’s prominent participation in the two waves of Egypt’s revolution, January 25, 2011 and June 30, 2013. During the first wave, ex-president Hosni Mubarak was toppled, along with his police state. During the second wave, ex- president Mohamed Morsi was also toppled, along with his religious state. Egyptian women were fighters during both waves; they were shot, injured, and arrested.

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A New Constitution for the People: An Interview with Egypt Constitutional Committee Member Houda Elsadda

Posted on 23 January 2014 by

Established in September 2013, the 50-committee was entrusted with the task of drafting Egypt’s new Constitution. Dr. Hoda Elsadda, one of the five women members of this committee, an academic and a human rights activist, reflects on the highlights and key learning from this most interesting and complex journey which is undoubtedly a landmark moment in the history of Egypt.

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A Revolution, Not a Coup: The ability and power of the Egyptian people

Posted on 12 August 2013 by

Many Egyptians – not only the activists and protestors who worked against the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime – were astonished that it was toppled so very quickly. This occurred not only because of the Egyptian army’s role in the process. Rather, the main cause lay in the fact that, during one year of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s rule, his policies on all levels – social, economic, cultural and security – were a huge failure.

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Famed Egyptian Feminist Nawal Saadawi Visits Moroccan Activists, As Egypt’s Fate Hangs in the Balance

Posted on 02 July 2013 by

Rabat, July 1st 2013

Dr. Nawal Saadawi had just heard the press statement in which the Egyptian army gave President Mursi a 48 hours-ultimatum to meet the demands of the people, after millions took to the streets to demand he step down.

Egyptian Feminist Nawal Saadawi Visits WLP partners in Morocco

Egyptian Feminist Nawal Saadawi Visits WLP partners in Morocco

It is thus with great enthusiasm that, a few minutes later, the octogenarian feminist — definitely young at heart and full of humor — went out to meet the audience waiting for her at the headquarters of the Moroccan Organization of Human Rights (OMDH) in Rabat.

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Another revolution in Egypt: Insights from Egyptian feminist Amal Abdel Hadi

Posted on 29 June 2013 by

Interviewed by Lina Abou-Habib
CRTD.A / WLP-Lebanon

Cairo, 29 June 2013

Less than 24 hours separate us from the large scale demonstration planned tomorrow in Egypt, calling for the departure of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi. Mursi was declared president in June 2013 following elections which were hailed in many parts of the world as being the first “free” elections in Egypt. However, and only a few months after his reign, disillusion and anger have swept into the Egyptian population who is challenging this new ruler as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. The President and his entourage is accused of incompetence and of failing the demands of the revolution.

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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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Engaging in policy dialogue on gender equality with a public institution: Thoughts and reflections from Lebanon

Posted on 20 May 2013 by

**WLP spoke with Lina about CRTD.A’s experience conducting the Gender Audit:**

Click here to listen to WLP’s interview with Lina Abou Habib on her organization’s Gender Audit of Lebanon’s Ministry of Social Affairs (Audio File)

Nationality Campaign Protest for Women's Citizenship Rights in Lebanon with the Author

Nationality Campaign Protest for Women’s Citizenship Rights in Lebanon with the Author

During the past two years, CRTD.A concluded a very interesting and rich gender audit exercise in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs. This initiative came some time after CRTD.A had provided training on gender and leadership to most of the Ministry’s staff holding various positions within the institution.

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WLP Central Asia Regional Training – An Indescribable Experience

Posted on 16 May 2013 by

WLP guest-author, Bahriniso Shamsieva, is a Mine Action Project Assistant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Tajikistan Office and also an activist with local NGO Marriage and the Family. She joined women from Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan at the WLP Central Asia Regional Training of Trainers Institute on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation in Shymkent, Kazakhstan this April as a participant. Bahriniso shares her reflections from the training below.


Dear sister! I want to share my impressions on the WLP leadership training seminar in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. I have the most vivid and warm memories of the event, because it was an amazing opportunity to meet with so many unique women—both from neighboring Central Asian countries as well as from abroad. I realized that women around the world have shared vision for the world and our problems are very similar. And we can all easily understand each other and support each other. WLP as an organization is using their knowledge and experience to help us to unite and support each other.

Personally, working with these wise and active women who share similar passions, brought me great happiness and pleasure. Meeting with politician trainers— such as Asma Khader and other no-less inspiring women leaders— face-to-face, hearing them speak, and learning so much from them was an indescribable experience.

There were three of us women from Tajikistan at this Institute, and we were so pleased to have this opportunity. At this time, Tajik women are in need of such leadership trainings, as these trainings may help change their mentality and help them realize their place and significance, and find the strength to become more active in the personal and public arenas. While many of the preconditions for this kind of change are in place in our country, women still do not use their full potential and are not very active in politics and public life.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the organizers of this workshop training on behalf of the Tajik delegation and myself personally for inviting us and for this opportunity!

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What do women want in the post-Arab spring era?

Posted on 26 April 2013 by

Two years after the start of the Arab Spring, women and girls in the Arab region seem to be the big losers of a process that promised much in terms of democracy and justice but has thus far delivered too little.

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Following My Dreams: Reflections from WLP’s Central Asia Regional Institute

Posted on 23 April 2013 by

Maria Kolesnikova is a citizen journalist in Kyrgyzstan and a volunteer with WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan. She joined women from Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan at the WLP Central Asia Regional Training of Trainers Institute on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation in Shymkent, Kazakhstan this April as a participant and to present on her own experiences utilizing social media for change as a citizen journalist. Maria shares her reflections from the training below.

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IWDN Coordinator Presents on Women, Tech, and Democracy Panel During Social Media Week

Posted on 05 March 2013 by

On February 19, 2013, as Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) Program Associate and the International Women’s Democracy Network Coordinator, I spoke on the panel, “Women, Tech, and Democracy: The Next Frontier,” as part of Social Media Week in Washington, DC, at the National Democratic Institute (NDI).  I presented on WLP’s successful technology programs, WLP Partner advocacy campaigns that are bolstered by social media, the International Women’s Democracy Network, and WLP’s forthcoming Online Learning Portal, which will serve as a vehicle to build constituent’s capacities by hosting eCourses and webinars.

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Changing Attitudes on Personal Status Codes in MENA

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

by Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Two speakers from Lebanon each discussed how a unified, civil Personal Status Code would not only help protect the rights of women but that it would also combat sectarianism.

Manar Zeaitar spoke about the issue of civil marriage; recently in the news given the President’s vocal support for it after a couple announced they had held the country’s first civil marriage ceremony, in line with a 1936 decree.

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