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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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Happy News for Women’s Rights in Morocco: Kesbat Mehdia Women Become First-time Landowners!

Posted on 26 March 2013 by

Women of the Kesbat Mehdia Tribe in Kenitra, Morocco celebrate receiving land compensation for the first time.

Women of the Kesbat Mehdia Tribe in Kenitra, Morocco celebrate receiving land compensation for the first time.

Since 2007, Soulaliyate women have been fighting for their rights and campaigning hard against the exclusion and discrimination they face living on their tribes’ collective lands. For years, they engaged officials and supervisory authorities at the local, national, and international levels in dialogue; held interviews with national and international media; organized key protests and sit-ins; prepared slogans; and mobilized other women’s groups in a movement of collective empowerment, experience sharing, learning, and solidarity to bring about change.

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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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Preparing a Young Generation of Activists & Leaders

Posted on 11 July 2012 by

The Global-TOT moves to Morocco

My first visit to Morocco was back in the spring of 1995, in the midst of the frenzy of the preparations for the UN 4th Conference on Women (Beijing, September 1995).  I was to meet and connect with feminist organisations there and engage on potential actions within and beyond the framework of the 4th Conference.  That was when I first met brilliant feminists who were to become my greatest friends.  My first encounter with Rabea Naciri and Amina Lemrini was an amazing entry into the world of feminist struggle in the Maghreb countries.  Ever since then, I became intimately involved with the amazing work of the Association Democratique des Femmes du Maroc.

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Making Political Activism Go Viral in Morocco

Posted on 29 November 2011 by

I recently had the opportunity to participate in and facilitate a Regional Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Advocacy in Rabat, Morocco and was amazed with the youth’s passion and creative use of technology. This training was designed to build the capacity of ADFM to use social media and other technologies to strengthen and support their campaigns, and to incorporate using technology for political participation in their trainings at the grassroots level. The Institute focused on advocacy— and its outcomes were extraordinary! The twenty youth participants were clearly motivated to learn and use a variety of social media tools, such as blogs, to effectively make their campaigns more visible online, in order to gain support and further raise awareness. During this training there were four topics on which advocacy campaigns were created. The creativity of each campaign’s team was on display in their self-designed videos, blogs, websites, and slogans. The campaigns included Combatting Violence Against Women, Family and Children’s Rights, Women and Political Participation, and Stopping Sex Trafficking. Each group used social media to connect with other organizations and activists to share news, ideas, strategies, and to start new dialogues.

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The Winds of Change Have Come

Posted on 01 July 2011 by

The following is an editorial from Voices of Women, a newspaper published by WLP Palestine/Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC). Translated from the Arabic original by WATC.

Winds of change have arrived to the Arab region; as a matter of fact, Arab people created the winds of change. It is not the time to argue which is more accurate. What is more important is that the environment around us is screaming out: Change!!

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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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WLP Partner Investigating Human Rights Violations in Libya

Posted on 03 May 2011 by

WLP’s partner in Jordan, Asma Khader, General Coordinator of WLP Jordan/Sisterhood Is Global/Jordan, is currently on a fact finding mission to Libya to investigate human rights abuses in the country. Asma joins this mission as part of the three-member independent team formed by United Nations Human Rights Council in the wake of reports of serious human rights violations in Libya since the start of a popular uprising against the Muammar Qaddafi regime. The report, which will be publicly released in the coming weeks, will include investigations into rape used as a weapon of war, the conditions and abuse of foreign workers resulting from the conflict, and other violations of human rights. Upon release of the full report, WLP will discuss Asma’s findings with her in more detail, and will share this information as it becomes available.

rally for libya (cc) omar chatriwala

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Women’s Political Participation: Revisiting Sarah Jibril and Nigeria’s 2011 Presidential Primaries

Posted on 11 March 2011 by

The marginalization of Nigerian women in political affairs and decision making is as old as Nigerian society and predates the advent of colonialism in Southern and Northern Nigeria. Indeed pre- and post-colonial traditional cultures and European culture were deeply rooted in patriarchy. The normative systems they independently produced were male-biased and dominated. The marginalization of women was also evident in all other spheres of life such as the family, economic, social, labour and other relationships. It is widely believed that the marginalization of women in political participation and decision making processes has been responsible for the exclusion of the interests of women in governance and development paradigms.

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A Feminist Perspective on Nigeria’s Jos Crisis

Posted on 18 February 2011 by

Over the past five years there has been an escalation of sectarian violence in the Middle-Belt Zone of Nigeria. In the North-Central city of Jos, the army sent to protect, and the residents supposedly acting on behalf of their respective religious communities, have carried out extreme acts of violence against innocent victims. In the month of January of 2011, there have already been over 200 victims.

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A Call for Action on African Women’s Health & Human Rights

Posted on 03 February 2011 by

African Women’s Health and Rights Day (AWHRD) on February 4th, is an annual event to raise awareness and advance critical debate around the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women throughout the African continent both at the national and local levels. This year’s event is another opportunity to assess the state of women’s health and rights advancement across the region from the referendum in Sudan, the tensions around elections in Nigeria, the crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo which includes sexual violence and rape as a weapon of war, the women’s human rights abuses in Uganda based on sexuality, and the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire arising from that country’s last elections and the impact of all of these political issues on the political will to implement measures towards the protection of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Mbarka Bouaida on Women’s Rights and Role in Politics in Morocco

Posted on 18 October 2010 by

Mbarka Bouaida is a Moroccan parliamentarian and Chair of the parliament’s Committee of Foreign Affairs, National Defense and Religious Affairs. She contested under the women’s quota in 2007 and became the youngest member of parliament representing the Commune of Anfa in Casablanca. Now, after being elected for a second term outside the umbrella of the women’s quota, she represents Morocco in the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. WLP interviewed Ms. Bouaida after she spoke about women’s political participation in Morocco at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

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