2009 eNews

Issue 25 (Winter 2009)

Letter from WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami: Strenghtening South-South Ties

Issue 24 (Summer 2009)

Letter from WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami

Issue 23 (Spring 2009)

Letter from WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami

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December 4, 2009 | eNews 25
December 8, 2009 Dear Friends:
December 3, 2009 | eNews 25
Excerpted from Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani
August 15, 2009 | Middle East, eNews 24, ICT for Social Change, Making IT Our Own, Jordan
The room was buzzing. One youth group producing an original YouTube video on domestic violence. Another creating a poster urging youngsters to volunteer. All members of a third team busy on Facebook, inviting friends to join their newly-created group to fight child abuse. More sights such as these were part of the Youth Tech Festival in Jordan where over 90 young women and men (with a 9 all-female technology training team) gathered to acquire hands-on skills to utilize emerging technologies to advocate for social change.
June 23, 2009 | eNews 24
June 30, 2009 Dear Friends: The leading role women played in the demonstrations that led up to the recent presidential election in Iran and subsequently in protests to the government's version of the results has stunned the world. However, few people know about the quiet, thoughtful, and politically astute organizing, strategizing, and networking that have been a hallmark of Iranian women's civic activism over the past century. Iranian women have learned through their long struggle for democracy that giving their hearts, minds, energy, and sometimes their liberty and even their lives does not always result in enhanced rights and freedoms for women. They remember that their massive participation in the 1979 revolution ended in the installation of a theocratic regime led by Ayatollah Khomeini, whose first decree was to annul the progressive family protection law they had worked so hard to achieve, segregate men and women, and force them to wear the veil. They organized the first massive demonstration in March 1979, only a month after the revolution had succeeded, in opposition to the new decrees. In the next three decades the secular and the religious among them united, reached across to other social justice and democracy movements such as student and labor associations and unions, appealed to the more progressive senior clerics, expanded their political base, and posited women's issues as national issues. In June 2006 they organized the One Million Signatures Campaign for reform of family laws using mobilizing strategies: door to door outreach to bring awareness to grassroots women, and internet and social networking tools for advocacy and for connecting internal networks to regional and international efforts in order to learn, gain experience, share knowledge, and build solidarity. Increasingly they became empowered, secure, dynamic, and confident.
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