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Women Activists Convene in Amman to Discuss Arab Spring & Democratic Transition

Posted on 18 November 2011 by

WLP International spoke with Asma Khader, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women and General Coordinator of Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan, about the outcomes of a conference in Amman convened by the SALMA network from October 27-29, 2011, where she shared Jordan’s recent experience with constitutional reform. Over 60 NGO leaders and women activists gathered from 14 Arab countries, including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, among others, to discuss women’s involvement  in democratic transition as well as Jordan’s recent constitutional amendments.

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Women’s Rights in the Balance: Upcoming Constitutional Reforms in Jordan and an Appeal by WLP Partner Asma Khader

Posted on 27 May 2011 by

In Jordan, where women have been highly visible in recent street demonstrations by democracy activists, a special constitutional reform commission has just promised the head of WLP’s partner organization, Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) and two other women leaders that their list of women’s demands will be very seriously considered.

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Feminists Convene in Rabat to Strategize on Women’s Equality after the Arab Spring

Posted on 25 May 2011 by

ADFM hosts the meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat to discuss transitions in the MENA region and the prospective role of the Coalition.

The Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc hosted an extraordinary meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat on May 19, 2011, in order to review these changes that have swept the region and their implication on the present and future of women’s rights. Whilst the current transitional period is bringing opportunities for change, there are nevertheless a number of concrete challenges and worrisome trends emerging, notably in relation to women’s participation in the emerging states as well as the increasing role and visibility of conservative religious groups.

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Voices for Justice in Jordan: WLP’s Partner Appeals to New Prime Minister for Women’s Rights & Greater Freedoms

Posted on 10 February 2011 by

WLP has just received an exciting update from our partner in Jordan. Executive Director of WLP Jordan/ Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) Asma Khader, along with sixteen other women’s rights activists, met with the country’s new Prime Minister, Marouf Bakhit, today to discuss the importance of women’s rights and political freedom during this period of political transition. The group met with Bakhit to present their demands prior to his announcing his newly formed cabinet. These demands, which are the product of ongoing discussions amongst those working for women’s equality in Jordan, focused on ensuring that aspects of the Constitution that would advance women’s empowerment are actually enforced and put into practice by the government.

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Congratulations to SIGI/J

Posted on 30 November 2010 by

WLP congratulates our partners at Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) on the November 9 election of three of its members and activists to the Jordanian Parliament!

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The Future Is Bright: Arab Youth at Tech Fest Ready for Social and Gender Justice

Posted on 05 November 2010 by

I was invited to participate in the Second Youth Tech Festival in Amman, Jordan that took place on August 7th – 8th, 2010. It was quite an interesting experience to meet with young people my age who are really enthusiastic, energetic and who demonstrate a great interest in effecting social change.

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Jordanian Youth and Women to Lead the Way in November Elections

Posted on 20 July 2010 by

Coming up in the first week of August, Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan and WLP are launching the second Youth Tech Festival for 150 youth from across Jordan with a focus on preparing youth to participate in upcoming elections in November 2010. I am really excited to see what the outcomes of this year’s Youth Tech Festival will be! Last year’s Youth Tech Festival in Jordan was a resounding success as youth created campaigns and videos to combat violence against women. This year the participating youth will create independent projects with a focus on women’s political participation, reconvening in the fall to share their work and to celebrate. (Make sure to check back to see samples of their work.) It’s pretty amazing to see the creative initiatives these young activists come up with when they are inspired to lead change in their communities.

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Badges, Blue Helmets, and “Women’s Work”

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

The UN recently reaffirmed its commitment to increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution with specific targets set for the organization’s police force: By 2014 the UN hopes to double the number of women serving globally as UN police officers (UNPOL). In response to the UN’s call, Bangladesh plans to send an additional 10,000 female officers.

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Bridging the Gender Digital Divide

Posted on 23 February 2010 by

During a recent Technology Salon on Girls and information and communication technologies (ICTs), Linda Raftree (of Plan International and wait…what? blog) raised a question often asked in the international development world: How do we bridge the gender digital divide?

After a decade of ICT capacity building programs from Afghanistan to Lebanon to Palestine to Zimbabwe, WLP has learnt a lesson or two in the science of bridging the gender digital divide. I will use our most recent technology trainings in Jordan to illustrate a few best practices that we have gathered over the years.

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Underreported CEDAW Success: Jordan Lifts Reservation on Article 15(4)

Posted on 18 December 2009 by

I received a phone call this week from a researcher looking for more information regarding Jordan lifting reservations on paragraph four of Article 15 of CEDAW earlier this year. This move granted women freedom of mobility and the right to choose where they live without needing permission from male family members.

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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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