Family Law Reform

WLP Palestine Hosts Press Conference on Honor Killings that Leads President Abbas to Take Action

November 9, 2012

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WATC General Director Soraida Hussein Speaks Out Against Honor Killings

In August, the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), WLP’s partner in Palestine, organized a three-day press conference to speak out against honor killings. Since January alone, 11 women have been killed in the name of honor.

CRTD-A March 16 Beirut Event: Quel printemps pour la femme arabe?

March 7, 2012

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Dans le cadre du mois de la Francophonie au Liban et à l'occasion de la Journée Internationale de la Femme

L'Ambassade du Canada au Liban
et le Centre for Research and Training on Development-Action
ont l'honneur de vous inviter à une conférence intitulée

" Quel printemps pour la femme arabe ?"

Le vendredi 16 mars 2012, de 9h00 à 15h30, à l'Hôtel Le Bristol, Beyrouth

The definition of "rural women's work" and its impact on social policies in the MENA region: CRTD-A parallel event at the UN 56th Commission on the Status of Women

March 6, 2012

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WLP Morocco/ADFM Sends Open Letter to New Head of Government Calling for Further Action to Advance Women's Equality

January 9, 2012

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To Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane Head of Government

We are pleased to address you, after your appointment by King Mohammed VI, as Head of the Government, wishing you every success in your mission.

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.

Article 2: A family shall be made up of persons united by marriage, blood ties or through a court order.

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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.

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