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Following My Dreams: Reflections from WLP’s Central Asia Regional Institute

Posted on 23 April 2013 by

Maria Kolesnikova is a citizen journalist in Kyrgyzstan and a volunteer with WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan. She joined women from Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan at the WLP Central Asia Regional Training of Trainers Institute on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation in Shymkent, Kazakhstan this April as a participant and to present on her own experiences utilizing social media for change as a citizen journalist. Maria shares her reflections from the training below.

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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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Women must continue to fight for equal rights, conference urges

Posted on 25 January 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A

In the first session of the Equality Without Reservation conference Thursday, an emphasis was placed on the need to continuously work for women’s rights, even once conventions have been signed.sans-titre

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No Spring for Arab Women: A Sober Report from CSW and a Wake Up Call

Posted on 08 March 2012 by

This year’s 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was convened to address the global issues of “Rural Women’s Empowerment, Poverty Reduction and Rural Development”. This would have been pretty much “business as usual” if it were not for the fact that, since last year’s 55th CSW, the world is rapidly changing, most notably in the Middle East and North Africa, where it seemed, just a few months back, that the well-established post-independence autocracies would remain in power forever! Indeed, the world has changed since the last CSW. However, the hope that was felt during the 55th CSW, what with the mobilization and courage of young and not so young women and men, who took to the streets in many an Arab capital, gave rise to serious concerns about the winds of change inevitably coming to the region. A year later, change has indeed come, but with a turn that is thus far hostile to women. One after the other, elections have brought in conservative regimes, and political Islam now has the upper hand in most countries in the MENA region.

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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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NPR Interview: Asma Khader on Women and Democratic Transition

Posted on 20 September 2011 by

Can Arab Spring Improve Lives Of Women?Asma Khader, General Coordinator of WLP Jordan/SIGI/J spoke with NPR from WLP’s Transnational Partners Convening in Warrenton, Virginia earlier this week on women’s role in the democratic transitions taking place in the MENA region: Click here to listen to Asma Khader on NPR’s “Tell Me More” with Michelle Martin.

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Strategizing for Change: Director of WLP Lebanon on Our 2011 Partners Meeting

Posted on 18 September 2011 by


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Lina discusses this year’s WLP Partners Meeting.

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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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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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