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WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami Testimony on Women & the Arab Spring to U.S. Senate

November 4, 2011

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The following is WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami's written testimony for the hearing on Women and the Arab Spring to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operation and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues and Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Central Asia Affairs.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony on the state of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa during this critical time of transition.

 

Constitutional reform in Jordan: progress and disappointments

October 27, 2011

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In response to demonstrations and protests taking place in Jordan beginning in January 2011, King Abdullah initiated a reform process this past spring focused on political and economic reform. As part of this process the King established a Royal Commission to review the Constitution and make recommendations for amendments.

Bahrain Women Association (BWA)

June 27, 2011

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Bahrain Women Association - for Human Development (BWA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women to actively participate in public life, and to maximize their contribution to Bahrain’s democratic transition. Through activities including training workshops and seminars, radio and television programs, advocacy campaigns and networking, BWA promotes active citizen participation among women. Officially established in 2001, the vision of BWA is "to empower leaders for the human development era."

Maghreb Region: Model Family Law

May 10, 2011

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One Hundred Measures and Provisions for an Egalitarian Codification of the Personal Status Codes

Source: Collectif 95 Maghreb-Egalité. 2005. Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb. Bethesda, MD: Women's Learning Partnership, pp. 169-203.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1: Personal status and family relationships shall be governed by the provisions of this Code.

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The lifetime impact of early marriage on decision-making in the household (UN Women)

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Soulaliyates, a step forward...

December 1, 2010

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On November 12th, 2010, Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) and Women Forum for Alternatives Morocco (FMAS) issued the statement: Soulaliyates, a step forward.... Prior to releasing the statement, ADFM had learned of the existence of a Ministry of Interior document that recognizes, henceforth, the right of women to enjoy compensation for collective lands transfers throughout Morocco on an equal footing with men. Convinced of the credibility of its sources, ADFM decided to produce the press release and called a press conference to raise public awareness on campaign developments, but also as a measure of pressure on the authorities to prevent any decline in this momentum.

Campaigns

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.

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Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence: A Global Campaign

Family law is one of the leading factors contributing to the justification of violence against women in developing societies. Often grounded in conservative interpretations of religious texts, these legal codes decrease the security and wellbeing of women and girls, and shield perpetrators from punishment. 

Building on over a decade of work in this area, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is tackling the issue with a research-based advocacy project, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence. This global initiative, developed in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, will provide grassroots actors with resources and strategies to make change in their communities and societies.

Legislating Public and Private Spaces

October 7, 2010

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Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights
Panel 3: Chaired by Regan Ralph, Speakers Jacqueline Pitanguy, Asma Khader, and Eleanor Smeal

Springtime of Dignity: Coalition For a Penal Code That Protects Women From Discrimination and Violence

June 25, 2010

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Declaration of the Creation of the Coalition:
"Springtime of Dignity"
For a penal code that protects women from discrimination and violence

The coalition, "Springtime of Dignity," is bringing together associations that defend and promote women's and human rights and that have decided to work in synergy in a lobbying movement, "For a penal code that protects women from discrimination and violence."

The coalition, "Springtime of Dignity," draws its strength from its values and accomplishments:

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