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.
Alerts & Updates
November 26, 2014
16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violenc, Africa, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Morocco
Coinciding with the launch of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, on November 25, 2014, WLP/Morocco-Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) directed the following open letter to the Moroccan Prime Minister to express their concerns over the Moroccan government’s “foot dragging” over pending anti-violence against women (VAW) initiatives and legislation that would protect Moroccan women.
November 14, 2014
16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violenc, Coalition of the Feminist Spring for Democracy and Equality, Human Rights, Legislation, Middle East, Press, protest, Spring of Dignity Coalition, Stop Violence Against Women, World Human Rights Forum, Morocco
Rabat - On November 5, 2014, the Spring of Dignity Coalition, a joint women’s rights initiative of several progressive Moroccan organizations including WLP Morocco/L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), called a press conference to issue a statement regarding the continued stalling of anti-violence against women (VAW) legislation, and to announce their intention to hold a protest march on that issue in December 2014.
November 6, 2014
Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Jordan
WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) held two seminars on the topic of violence against women on October 14th and October 21st in the Jordanian cities of Dhullail and Russeifa. A total of 69 women attended the seminars, including some who were refugees from Syria. The seminars, entitled “Women, Violence, and the Law” and led by Jordanian lawyer and activist Alaa Khasawneh, are part of an ongoing SIGI/J project begun in 2012, which targets local women as well as Syrian refugees.
October 31, 2014
2014 Events, Stop Violence Against Women, ICT for Social Change, Egypt, India, Malaysia
Join Women’s Learning Partnership in a live global online discussion, "Exposing the Realities of Combatting Sexual Harassment." WLP presents four activists from India, Egypt, Malaysia, and the United States to expose the impact of sexual harassment on women in their countries and to share the challenges and breakthroughs they have experienced in building safer societies for women through art, public protests, journalism and advocacy campaigns.