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.
December 12, 2016
2016 Events, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, Lebanon, Violence without Borders
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), the Collective for Research & Training on Development - Action (CRTD-A), and the Lebanese American University will host the Beirut launch of Violence without Borders: Paradigm, policy and praxis concerning violence against women on December 15, 2016 from 5:00pm-7:00pm Beirut (GMT+2). The launch features author Yakın Ertürk and a keynote address by the Dutch Ambassador to Lebanon. The discussion will be moderated by Asma Khader, President of Sisterhood is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI/J) and Lina Abou-Habib, Executive Director of WLP.
November 17, 2016
16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, gbv, gender-based violence, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, VAW, violence against women
From November 25 to December 10, 2016, WLP partners from all over the globe will organize and participate in workshops, film screenings, and events as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Since its inception in 1991, this annual campaign has drawn more than 5,000 participants from over 180 countries. This year's theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, highlights violence as a barrier to women's and girls' education.
October 21, 2016
2016 Events, Access to Education, Advocacy, Africa, Child Marriage, children, forced marriage, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, WSPM, Zimbabwe
In observance of the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child, WLP Zimbabwe Partner WSPM organized a successful campaign fighting child marriage and promoting girls’ access to education in Harare.
October 20, 2016
Beyond Equality, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, From Fear to Freedom, Global TOT, GTOT, Human Rights, Middle East, Refugee Empowerment, Stop Violence Against Women, TOT, Training of Trainers, Brazil, Leadership, Leading to Action, Leading to Choices, Organizational Capacity Building, Egypt, Leading to Choices Multimedia, Leading to a Culture of Democracy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership convened a Global Training of Trainers on October 5, 2016, following its 16th annual Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop focused on the development of curriculum for WLP’s new initiatives on women refugees and family law reform.