Family Law Reform
On the occasion of the
10th Anniversary of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)
and celebrating the
30th Anniversary of CEDAW
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)
in cooperation with
Cultural Conversations, of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Women & the Politics of Change in the Middle East
WLP partner organizations and affiliated civil-society groups from 11 countries are holding workshops on family law reform throughout early 2017. The content of these trainings will be based on research from case studies commissioned for WLP’s new global initiative, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence.
WLP Holds Global Training of Trainers to Develop Curriculum for Women Refugees and Family Law Advocacy
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.
Women’s Learning Partnership hosted its 16th Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland from October 1 through 4, 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from partner organizations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Press Release and Ongoing Mobilization Win Victory against Child Marriage Loopholes in Moroccan Family Law (English and Arabic)
The tireless advocacy work of WLP's partner in Morocco, l’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), together with the Spring of Dignity Coalition, recently achieved a major victory in stopping a bill that would have eased restrictions and legalized loopholes to permit child marriage and other discriminatory practices.
Morocco Ministry of Justice Review of Family Code - Springtime for Dignity Press Release (Arabic) / في شأن الندوة الوطنية لوزارة العدل والحريات حول تقييم تطبيق مدونة الأسرة
بلاغ تحالف ربيع الكرامة
في شأن الندوة الوطنية لوزارة العدل والحريات حول تقييم تطبيق مدونة الأسرة