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My Election Experience

Posted on 28 February 2011 by

By Saba Al-Asfoor
President, WLP Bahrain/Bahrain Women Association

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In the first elections in the Kingdom of Bahrain after the reform process at the beginning of 2002, I decided to join the electoral fray for the municipal council. These were the first genuine elections since 1973. I decided to use my experience as an activist for women’s human rights and environmental preservation to enter the election as a strong-willed woman competing against 12 men in a conservative traditional area consisting of group of villages. The community of these villages is known for their strong respect and unquestioning obedience for religious leaders’ opinions, or fatwas. In this election 31 women and 306 men were registered to compete for 50 seats for the municipal council.

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What Political Participation Really Means for Women in Bahrain

Posted on 17 August 2010 by

Snippets from the Launch of WLP’s Political Participation Manual in Manama, Bahrain

I have just returned from Manama where I took part in the launch of the Leading to Action, WLP’s Political Participation Manual, the second of such events after Beirut last July. The Bahrain Women Association, our partners in Bahrain, organized this event as part of a national their workshop on women’s political participation. As shared with us last week, by our dear colleague Wajeeha from BWA, the group is gearing up towards the upcoming elections which will be held in Bahrain in October 2010.

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Women Prepare for October 2010 Elections in Bahrain

Posted on 04 August 2010 by

Bahraini parliamentary election is to be held by the end of October 2010. Preparations are in full swing for women to participate in the election as voters and candidates.

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Middle East Women Leaders Share Stories of Activism & Accomplishments

Posted on 28 October 2009 by

This week, WLP welcomed partners from Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Nigeria to Washington, DC for a series of dialogues on women’s rights and political participation, and for the launch of the second volume in WLP’s Translation Series, Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story. We are always thrilled to speak to our partners as they continue their projects in their respective countries, but nothing quite compares to the dynamic exchanges and explosions of new energy that take place when these inspiring activists can meet face-to-face.

The week has gotten off to a busy start with two exciting opportunities for our partners to share their work during public events here in DC.

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Research Leads to Rights Breakthrough for Arab Women

Posted on 15 September 2009 by

By Kelly Haggart (IDRC Bulletin, September 2009)

Children's Art Exhibit, Lebanon

Children's Art Exhibit, Lebanon

Women in Arab countries are making human rights history as they break down barriers to being treated as full citizens in their own countries. In the past few years, women in Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco married to foreigners have won the right to convey their citizenship to their children. Algerian women can also now extend citizenship rights to their spouses.

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