WLP engages in a wide range of advocacy and networking activities in order to raise awareness about women's human rights issues, influence policymakers and public opinion, and increase the visibility and impact of our work for gender equality. Our unique grassroots-driven model builds upon domestic country analysis, regional solidarity, and international visibility.
In cooperation with partners, WLP implements campaigns to advance women’s rights. We support partner organizations’ advocacy for policy and legislative change at the national level. We aim to raise the international visibility of partner campaigns, using communications tools such as blogs, Human Rights Alerts, eNews, and our website, as well as hosting events for activists, policymakers, media, and the public.
WLP’s advocacy strategy is to engage in multi-year, research-intensive, grassroots-driven advocacy campaigns. Our current campaigns include:
Claiming Equal Citizenship
The Campaign for Arab Women’s Right to Nationality supports a six-country regional campaign to raise awareness of discriminatory laws that deny women equal nationality rights and undermine women’s status as equal citizens in their home countries. The campaign calls for legal reform allowing women to confer their nationality to their husbands and children, full implementation of reformed laws, and recognition of women as equal citizens.
Family Law Reform
Moroccan women’s rights activists achieved their goal in January 2004 when the government of Morocco adopted a new landmark Family Law supporting women’s equality and granting women new rights in marriage and divorce, among others. The Family Law Reform Campaign continues in other Muslim-majority countries.
Iran's One Million Signatures
The campaign aims to collect one million signatures to demand an end to discriminatory laws against women in Iran. At present, men have the sole right to divorce and, except in special cases, the right to custody of children. One man’s testimony equals that of two women. A daughter receives half a son’s inheritance. The campaign is a continuation of Iranian women’s century-long struggle for gender equality.
Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW
Eliminating Discrimination against Women in the Arab Region - Appeal to all Arab Governments for the Withdrawal of Reservations and the Ratification of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW.
April 27, 2016
Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Leadership, Political Participation, Young & Emerging Leaders
It is my pleasure to share with you Women’s Learning Partnership’s Spring 2016 Newsletter: The World We Seek. In this issue, we highlight our participation at this year's Women Deliver in Copenhagen, and our exciting conversations with UN Women on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and establish a new vision for the global women's movement. We feature five trailblazing initiatives developed at WLP's Institutes for Millennials and Peacebuilding. You will also read the reflections of women from Armenia to Georgia to Ukraine on what it means to them to join a women’s democracy network. Experts brought powerful evidence of the link between discriminatory family laws and violence against women to the launch of our Global Campaign on family law reform at the United Nations 60th Commission on the Status of Women. We witnessed the power of words to change lives at Life Lines: The Poetry of Human Rights, which we co-sponsored with Black Lives Matter and the African Women’s Development Fund in New York. We look forward with great optimism and enthusiasm to the work ahead of us.
March 28, 2016
Family Law Reform, Human Rights
Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) has undertaken a three-year research/advocacy project leading to a global campaign on reform of discriminatory laws against women in the family. The project will focus on the relationship between articles of the law and perpetration of violence against women and girls. The attached document describes the terms of reference for the eleven country case studies the results of which will contribute to developing strong advocacy methods for our global campaign. Applicants must have a graduate degree in a related field, extensive research experience, and good drafting skills in English. Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names of three professional references, and a writing sample in English to email@example.com by April 28, 2016. Please note: Candidates should also list the country in which they are based and the country or countries where they can carry out a case study from among the 11 countries listed in the terms of reference. The initial phase of the project will include case studies from the following 11 WLP partner countries: Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Senegal, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey, Iran, and Brazil, as well as an additional case study from India.
March 14, 2016
2016 Events, Family Law Reform, Human Rights
At CSW60 this March, WLP intends to approach the review theme of elimination and prevention of violence against women from an innovative angle. Around the world, women are impacted by gender-related legislation that determines their right to marry, travel, hold a job, choose their place of residence, or make decisions about their children’s rights. WLP will present the research and solutions of scholars and activists who have witnessed the connection between these laws as practiced in parts of the Global South and violence against women. The session will discuss the cultural, traditional, and religious foundations of these laws and demonstrate that legal reform is directly related to ending violence against women. Panelists will share challenges and best practices in legal reform from their countries and discuss next steps for the 2015-2030 agenda.
February 29, 2016
2016, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Croatia, csw, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Kenya, Middle East, new york, Rwanda, Stop Violence Against Women, Brazil, India, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey
On Thursday March 17 at the New School; leaders, government officials, and activists came together for the 60th Session of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Women’s Learning Partnership and the Gender Studies Program at The New School convened a discussion on the relationship between family law reform and combating gender-based violence. This event marked the launch of a new WLP initiative on family law reform supported by the International Development Resource Center.