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Day of Action: Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!

Posted on 30 May 2013 by

Gulbarchyn Jumabaevа of WLP Kyrgyzstan shares photos and an update on the local day of activism against sexual and gender-based violence.


WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgystan and civil society activists, representatives from women’s NGOs, and youth activists rallied today under the slogan: “Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!”

Each year the number of women and children facing violence in Kyrgyztsan increases, and the violence reported is more devastating in scale and form.

According to the Center for Assistance to Children, in the first quarter of 2013 they have already worked with 13 cases of child victims of sexual abuse. In 2011-2012 they worked with 254 children, 34 of which were victims of sexual abuse. And these figured merely represent the small portion of the population the Center is able to work with. According to an informal survey of doctors at a local children’s hospital 3-7 children are treated for injuries related to sexual assault each month.

The General Prosecutors Office reports that in 2011 there were 22 cases of domestic violence related suicides.

WLP Kyrgyzstan feels the hour has come when the whole community must say NO to violence against children and women, to demand the authorities take strong and effective measures and steps to improve the situation.

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WLP Central Asia Regional Training – An Indescribable Experience

Posted on 16 May 2013 by

WLP guest-author, Bahriniso Shamsieva, is a Mine Action Project Assistant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Tajikistan Office and also an activist with local NGO Marriage and the Family. 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. Bahriniso shares her reflections from the training below.


Dear sister! I want to share my impressions on the WLP leadership training seminar in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. I have the most vivid and warm memories of the event, because it was an amazing opportunity to meet with so many unique women—both from neighboring Central Asian countries as well as from abroad. I realized that women around the world have shared vision for the world and our problems are very similar. And we can all easily understand each other and support each other. WLP as an organization is using their knowledge and experience to help us to unite and support each other.

Personally, working with these wise and active women who share similar passions, brought me great happiness and pleasure. Meeting with politician trainers— such as Asma Khader and other no-less inspiring women leaders— face-to-face, hearing them speak, and learning so much from them was an indescribable experience.

There were three of us women from Tajikistan at this Institute, and we were so pleased to have this opportunity. At this time, Tajik women are in need of such leadership trainings, as these trainings may help change their mentality and help them realize their place and significance, and find the strength to become more active in the personal and public arenas. While many of the preconditions for this kind of change are in place in our country, women still do not use their full potential and are not very active in politics and public life.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the organizers of this workshop training on behalf of the Tajik delegation and myself personally for inviting us and for this opportunity!

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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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Another breakthrough for the Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign: CRTD.A/WLP-Lebanon called by Ministerial Committee to present case for reform

Posted on 04 December 2012 by

Earlier this year, CRTD.A (WLP-Lebanon) was engaged in some serious lobbying which led to the inclusion of the reform of the nationality law on the official agenda of the Cabinet meeting of March 21st 2012.  This was the first time the matter was officially discussed with the Prime Minister that he gave indication that he is personally in favour of the reform of the law so that women have equal rights to transmit citizenship as men.  During that same period, CRTD.A was also in discussions with the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) on the process of reforming the law as well as the development of a counter proposal for a new law.  Both processes yielded results.  The NCLW concluded a process of consultations which culminated in the drafting of a law petition.  The Prime Minister for his part set up a Ministerial Committee formed of seven Ministers in order to review the nationality law and submit scenarios for reforms.

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In Lebanon, Gender Justice for the People, by the People

Posted on 30 June 2010 by

Activists Hold a Popular Mock Tribunal for Equality

Hundreds of women, men and children gathered on the famous Beirut Corniche last Sunday June, 20, and held what was called a “Popular Mock Court for Women’s Right to Nationality.”

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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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Essay Contest Finalists: Group 2, Ages 18-25

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

As everyone already knows (probably due to our own frequent mentions of it :)), the youth essay contest announced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEDAW has been a resounding success. We had more than 100 essays from 33 countries.

It is only after we received all the essays and started reviewing them that we realized our predicament. There were so many excellent essays that it was extremely difficult to pick the dozen finalists. However, pick we have to, and the finalists in Group 2, Ages 18-25 (ordered by first name) are

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Fear — The Enemy of Gender Equality

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Mar 8 Update: First Prize Winner in Group 2

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Temitayo O, Nigeria

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson

A woman’s fate is determined by men and women who play God. Her first gift is a doll-named-Baby with which she rehearses home maker, wife and mother. She is groomed to be a ‘proper woman’ — the silent one when the men are talking. All these in preparation for her husband’s house; is that not where all ‘good’ women end?

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We Can Change…

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Mar 8 Update: Second Prize Winner in Group 2

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years

As a girl growing up in Dubai, I was accustomed to strangers pinching my buttocks, beckoning me to enter their cars, and voicing their obscene paedophilic desires. Yet I never reported any of these men, to the police or even my family. Not out of shame, but because I knew I would be the one who end up being punished. Admitting to those incidents would have resulted in me being a prisoner at home, while the perpetrators would be free to roam the streets. Beneath a facade of modern, liberalised attitudes lies Dubais deep-rooted tradition of sexism.

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Round Stones or Full Rights

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Mar 8 Update: Third Prize Winner in Group 2

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Nuseir Yassin, Israel

“Never let the hand you hold, hold you down” This expression is completely true among the Arab society of women here in Israel. Though inconceivable as it may be, Arab women here in Israel, generally speaking, are facing tremendous forces trying to hold them down, yet, with great difficulty and unprecedented bravery, women that I have known are outstandingly strong before suppression by their most beloved ones.

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We Can Change…

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Mutesi Jolly Uhiriwe, Uganda


This essay is basically researched with an outlook at women’s lives in Uganda today especially women in rural areas whose voices are hushed but who make up the majority of the population. Women in Uganda face a multitude of issues, these include, illiteracy, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, forced marriages, unemployment, poor health, marginalization and discrimination. The issues affecting women in my country are so many and all important in their weight that coming up with one becomes a task in itself, but one look into the cause of all these issues reveals a persistent cause that I could term the most important issue and this is POVERTY.

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Women: Partners for Economic Development

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Mar 11 Update: Audience Choice Award Winner in Group 2

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Himali A J, Nepal

Across the cultural variety, the greater part of communities in Nepal are patriarchal — a woman’s life is strongly influenced by her father and husband — as reflected in the practice of patrilocal home, patriarchal descent, and by inheritance systems and family relations. This broadens the base for the dependency of woman in man making their economic participation feeble.

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