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March 4, 2006 | Asia, eNews 2, Pakistan
Women comprise a mere 7% of parliamentary seats in the South Asian region, which is half the world average of 14%. South Asian governments are beginning to take steps to increase women’s political participation through the establishment of quota systems at national and local levels. The one-third quota, however, needs to be instituted in all legislative, judiciary, and executive bodies at all levels, starting at the national level. This has yet to happen. Without a critical mass of women in national decision-making positions, South Asian women’s concerns will remain marginalized. Instituting quota systems is nevertheless only one step towards female political empowerment. We are still facing deep-rooted patriarchal traditions and attitudes that limit opportunities for women’s participation in public life. Rising communalism, religious fundamentalism, and conservatism are major limiting factors for women’s security and freedom.
March 3, 2006 | eNews 5
Washington DC - More than 250 activists, academics, policy-makers, and organizational and religious leaders from over 20 countries gathered at WLP's human security conference, "Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World" on October 8-9, 2003. Organized in collaboration with the Global Fund for Women, the conference provided a forum for women leaders and human security experts from the Global South - particularly from Muslim societies - to explore ways to discuss and define human security goals and challenges from a perspective that is people-centered. While the concept of security has been traditionally concerned with the security of states and the shoring up of borders, the notion of human security encompasses the social, political, economic, and cultural needs and rights of individuals and communities in our increasingly interconnected societies and provides a viable framework for achieving sustainable societal change.
March 3, 2006 | eNews 5
WLP's partners the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Community Education and Development Services (CEDS) recently conducted leadership workshops in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Cameroon. Both AIL and CEDS also conducted their first evaluation workshops with women who had previously participated in leadership training courses using the Leading to Choices curriculum. The evaluation workshops are designed to measure improvements in women's ability to exercise leadership and to determine how participants' leadership skills have led to positive changes in their families and communities, improvement in the effectiveness of women's advocacy efforts, and development of local and regional networks.
March 3, 2006 | eNews 5
Asma Khader Chosen for 2003 UNDP Poverty Eradication Award WLP partner Asma Khader was selected by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the 2003 Poverty Eradication Award for her efforts to advance the Millennium Development Goals in the Arab region. Ms. Khader is founder of the National Network for Poverty Alleviation, an association of government and non-governmental organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty in Jordan. A human rights activist and lawyer, she is Coordinator of the Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan and a member of the Arab Lawyers Union, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists. Elected to the Permanent Arab Court as Counsel on violence against women, she is a leading advocate of the campaign to outlaw honor killing. Ms. Khader is one of five awardees to be honored at the 7th annual Poverty Eradication Awards ceremony at UN headquarters on 29 October. Congratulations Asma! Iranian Lawyer and Activist Shirin Ebadi Awarded Nobel Peace Prize Human rights and democracy activists everywhere celebrated on October 10 as Shirin Ebadi became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. For the past three decades Ms. Ebadi has steadfastly worked to improve Iranian women's legal rights and to protect the rights of the child. She is founder and head of the Association for Support of Children’s Rights in Iran. “As one of the first female judges in the Muslim world, as a writer on issues of women's and children's rights, as an advocate for human rights, and as a special attorney for dissidents and political prisoners, Shirin has conducted a courageous struggle for justice for the abused and the oppressed,” said WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami. “This prize represents all that she stands for and that other like-minded women in Muslim majority countries are struggling to achieve.” Ms. Ebadi is the eleventh woman to receive the award, the last three of whom were human rights activists. Order Your Copy of WLP’s Multimedia Package on Leadership WLP’s multimedia learning package, Leading to Choices: A Multimedia Curriculum for Leadership Learning is available for order. The package provides an interactive, scenario-based curriculum for developing advocacy, communications, and facilitation skills, and may be used by women's human rights activists, democracy advocates, and educators. The multimedia package includes Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women, three learning guides, and three videos featuring women leaders from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The course materials were developed by WLP in cooperation with our partners in ten countries. Visit WLP's online store to order your copy.
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