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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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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 power of transnational partnership in challenging the new war on women

Posted on 23 October 2012 by

Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) joined the World Movement for Democracy Seventh Annual Assembly in Lima, Peru (October 15-17). At the Assembly WLP hosted Topical Workshop: Democratic Transitions and the Inclusion of Women to generate a participatory conversation on advancing women’s rights and democracy during periods of political transition. Panelists asked what the gendered outcomes of democratic transitions might be, and how women could weigh with significant bargaining power in those transitions. Lina Abou-Habib, WLP Lebanon, shares insights from the session.

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A New Day for Brazilian Women: Jacqueline Pitanguy on PBS’s Newshour

Posted on 07 September 2011 by

In an interview on on PBS’s Newshour, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Director of Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao e Açao (CEPIA), WLP’s partner organization, shares how Brazil’s declining birth rate from 6 children per woman in the 1960’s to 1.9 today, reflects the dramatic shift in the role of women in society since the 1960’s.

Jacqueline Pitanguy on PBS's Newshour

According to Pitanguy, the women’s movement paved the way for progressive reforms when the country democratized in the late 1980’s.

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Reflections on International Women’s Day

Posted on 17 March 2011 by

Today, on this special day I ask myself: Where is my tolerance? As I browse through the news feed of my Facebook account, I feel extremely annoyed. I read my friend’s status with cute messages directed to the women in their lives: “Congratulations little women, enjoy your day,” “Congratulations women, for being the most beautiful thing in the world” and so on…

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Nicaragua

Posted on 23 December 2010 by

One of the things I love the most about participating in this blog is that I get to share with you my thoughts, but also (and most important) I get to read about other experiences around the world.

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Should We Rejoice When Women Participate in Politics?

Posted on 11 November 2010 by

I guess it is no surprise that Dilma Rousseff won Sunday’s presidential run-off election in Brazil. I was very happy when I found out about this, especially because she won with 56% of the vote to rival Jose Serra’s 44%.

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Latin American Day for Decriminalization of Therapeutic Abortion

Posted on 19 October 2010 by

September 28th was the Latin American Day for Decriminalization of Therapeutic Abortion. In Nicaragua a group of women handed over a sample of 37,000 signatures and also another sample of 6,000 postcards sent in by Amnesty International activists acting in solidarity with Nicaraguan women. Leaders of the Strategic Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic Abortion turned over the signatures to a representative of President Daniel Ortega in the offices of the Sandinista political party (which is also the Presidential House).

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Michelle Bachelet to Head UN Women

Posted on 16 September 2010 by

President Michelle Bachelet of Chile has been appointed Under-Secretary General of the United Nations to head UN Women, a new institution for gender that encompasses and supersedes INSTRAW, UNIFEM, Division on the Status of Women, and other UN entities dealing with the status of women. The new portfolio will include managing a potential budget of one billion dollars. Michelle Bachelet, a pediatrician and epidemiologist, has served as Minister of Health, Minister of Defense, and President of Chile with honor and distinction and has left each office with her reputation and popularity intact.

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Young Women and Feminism in Nicaragua: Passive Generation?

Posted on 20 August 2010 by

I feel a little bit worried. More than a little bit actually. Since I started to learn more about feminism I can see some things I didn’t before. Right now, everyone who knows me can tell you that I am a feminist, or at least that I am trying to be one. Sadly in Nicaragua that is a label that can diminish who you are and establish how seriously you can be taken.

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Women & Environment on Earth Day

Posted on 22 April 2010 by

From WLP’s Twitter Feed on Earth Day

Twitter results for #EarthDay from: wlp1

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    wlp140th Anniv of #EarthDay. Many inspiring women in global environment movement. Highlighting a handful today. Happy Earth Day!

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WLP at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women

Posted on 11 March 2010 by

2020 Vision: Mobilizing for women’s rights and eliminating violence against women
New School, March 5th 2010

The UN Fourth Conference on Women which was held in Beijing in 1994 was certainly a global landmark as it represented the culmination of women’s activism worldwide and the recognition of women’s rights as human rights.

The exhilaration that accompanied the Beijing conference did not take long to wither and fade.  Indeed, most governments failed to honor their commitments towards women. 

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