Posted on 19 April 2010 by wlp
“To be or not be a defender of human rights – is an ultimately decision of everyone personally. It depends on the inner strength and courage. But, of course, in all what you do, you must be a strategist, especially in our time”
-Tolekan Ismailova, during an interview with IWPR on March 3rd.
Growing Unrest, Violent Change,and New Challenges
Kyrgyzstan found itself in the international spotlight last week after growing calls for a change in leadership there gave way to horrific violence. An estimated 80 people were killed and hundreds more injured as protesters clashed with security forces in several cities, including the capital, Bishkek.
Posted on 12 April 2010 by jennifer
Most of WLP’s Bethesda-based staff has been in Jakarta this week for our annual Transnational Partners Convening and the World Movement for Democracy’s Sixth Assembly. The trip, so far, has been busy and tiring, but well worth it for the simple pleasure—both professional and personal—of meeting with such an inspiring group of women face-to-face. Unfortunately, as is sometimes the case, several of our group were unable to join us for personal reasons or logistical constraints.
Posted on 20 November 2009 by siobhan
There has been escalating civil unrest and violence in Nicaragua following a controversial ruling in October to overturn a constitutional ban on presidential re-election, allowing Ortega to run for re-election in 2011. Protests further escalated on the anniversary of the November 9, 2008 municipal elections, widely believed to have been stolen (see: In Nicaragua, former Contra leader warns of armed resistance). In response to growing dissent, Ortega’s government has cracked down on protesters, who are largely students and youth. In the beginning of November a leader of the Autonomous Women’s Movement was arrested (see Journalist blames Nicaraguan government for brutality during arrest and Nicaraguan reporter denounces attack by police).
Posted on 29 September 2009 by layali
The other day, I spoke with Mona Hamed, from our partner organization in Palestine, Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), about events celebrating the assignment of Jerusalem as the Arab Cultural Capital for 2009. She told me about two plays that young leaders at WATC co-created with Afkar Youth Theater and presented to a wide audience.
One play, “A Woman, but…” was presented in Ramallah city on June 22, 2009, where around 100 people attended. The other play, “The Game” was presented in Gaza on June 23, 2009 and was attended by around 200 people. The attendees of both plays were females and males from varying ages and provinces, but predominantly youth leaders and representatives of women’s and human rights organizations.