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What do women want in the post-Arab spring era?

Posted on 26 April 2013 by

Two years after the start of the Arab Spring, women and girls in the Arab region seem to be the big losers of a process that promised much in terms of democracy and justice but has thus far delivered too little.

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Leadership and Political Participation Classes Motivate and Inspire Lebanese Women to Claim Equal Citizenship

Posted on 11 January 2013 by

Lebanon Graduation

Women graduate from leadership courses in Lebanon take on front roles in stepping up the Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign in 2013

Lina Abou-Habib

CRTD.A / WLP-Lebanon

6 January 2012

During the past year, CRTD.A engaged in a series of Leadership and Political Participation training targeting Lebanese women married to non-nationals and who suffer from the discriminatory nationality laws in Lebanon which do not allow Lebanese women to transmit their nationality to their families.  The training series which was based on the Women learning Partnership curriculum and methodology aimed at supporting women to play a leading and public role in the Campaign and thus empower them to mobilise their own communities and constituencies.

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Fighting for Women’s Rights: An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami

Posted on 09 November 2012 by

Arseh Sevom/By Hooman Askary
November 16, 2011

Hooman Askary of Arseh Sevom Civil Society Magazine reports on his discussion with the former minister of women’s affairs in pre-revolution Iran, Mahnaz Afkhami. She links the century long struggle of Iranian women for equal protection under the law to the demonstrations that emerged in 2009 after the flawed presidential elections in Iran. Afkhami states, “The green movement in Iran is the continuation of what had been started nearly a century before and gone through ups and downs, changes and evolutionary and revolutionary transformations.”

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The power of transnational partnership in challenging the new war on women

Posted on 23 October 2012 by

Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) joined the World Movement for Democracy Seventh Annual Assembly in Lima, Peru (October 15-17). At the Assembly WLP hosted Topical Workshop: Democratic Transitions and the Inclusion of Women to generate a participatory conversation on advancing women’s rights and democracy during periods of political transition. Panelists asked what the gendered outcomes of democratic transitions might be, and how women could weigh with significant bargaining power in those transitions. Lina Abou-Habib, WLP Lebanon, shares insights from the session.

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The myth of evil women in power: when the media participates in the demonization of women

Posted on 05 December 2011 by

My colleagues at WLP shared this disturbing reminder of the common issues facing women in politics, regardless of where they are:
How to Hit a Woman – The new anti-Elizabeth Warren ad, and how political attack ads differ when the target is female.
(the article appeared in Slate on November 22, 2011)

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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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1.5%: Women’s share of the Ministerial Statement

Posted on 13 July 2011 by

The new Mikati Cabinet seems intent on excluding women and undermining their right to full participation and equality. After forming an all-male Cabinet, the newly drafted Ministerial Statement reinforces the exclusion of women by relegating the question of gender equality to the bottom of the Cabinet’s priorities

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“Can a Boy Be President?”

Posted on 11 July 2011 by

In 2000, I participated in a non-governmental meeting in Warsaw, organized in conjunction with the ministerial meeting of the Community of Democracies, the brainchild of then U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bronislaw Geremek. The two meetings were kept completely separate with minimal interaction. Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the sixth meeting of the Community of Democracies in Vilnius, Lithuania. What a difference a decade makes! There was ongoing interaction between the ministerial meeting and the non-governmental activists. A special Forum for Youth and one for Parliamentarians had been established, and both were exuberantly working to improve the democracies within the community and develop programs to support the countries in transition to democracy.

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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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The Bottom of the Gender Equality Pie

Posted on 14 March 2011 by

When protesters toppled their governments in Tunisia and Egypt, and demonstrations spread around the globe, the world paid attention. The BBC in particular put up an interesting series of factsheets on corruption, demographics and unrest in some of the North Africa, Middle East and Gulf states.

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Women’s Political Participation: Revisiting Sarah Jibril and Nigeria’s 2011 Presidential Primaries

Posted on 11 March 2011 by

The marginalization of Nigerian women in political affairs and decision making is as old as Nigerian society and predates the advent of colonialism in Southern and Northern Nigeria. Indeed pre- and post-colonial traditional cultures and European culture were deeply rooted in patriarchy. The normative systems they independently produced were male-biased and dominated. The marginalization of women was also evident in all other spheres of life such as the family, economic, social, labour and other relationships. It is widely believed that the marginalization of women in political participation and decision making processes has been responsible for the exclusion of the interests of women in governance and development paradigms.

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