Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW

WLP Kyrgyzstan's Sixth Annual International ‘Bir Duino’ Film Festival

September 26, 2012

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The Sixth Annual International ‘Bir Duino’ (‘One World’) Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights is in session in Kyrgyzstan this week. WLP's Kyrgyzstan partner Human Rights Center/“Citizens Against Corruption” hosts this annual competition to recognize films that give an honest and powerful depiction of issues such as gender based violence, drug addiction, homelessness, and migration.

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.

Reaping the Results of Three Decades of Feminist Activism: Constitutional Reforms in Morocco Set Precedent of Institutionalizing Gender Equality

November 30, 2011

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By Lina Abou-Habib 
Executive Director of WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Amidst revolts, uncertain futures, the dismantling of theocratic regimes, the emergence of conservative forces and serious threats facing women in the MENA region, the recent changes in Morocco not only herald a positive transformatory process but also highlight the consistency and strength of the independent feminist movement in that country.

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.


CRTD-A concludes regional campaign meeting in Beirut: Arab Spring may bring political changes, but women activists need to be more vigilant than ever

July 12, 2011

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Feminist organizations from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, and Lebanon convened a meeting in Beirut on June 27th and 28th, hosted by WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A. Partners from Bahrain were unable to attend due to the unstable security situation in their country. Participating organizations are active members of WLP International as well as the Equality without Reservation Coalition.

Women's Rights in the Draft Constitution

July 1, 2011

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The Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), as an autonomous feminist association, having considered the various provisions of the draft constitution for fundamental rights and freedoms, particularly those relating to women's human rights, considers that:

• This project comes at a time of accelerated change in the countries of the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and reflects the current state of our society and its political and social actors. It broadly reflects the aspirations of Moroccans to a more dignified life;

Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A)

June 28, 2011

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Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A) provides technical training and support to non-governmental organizations, governmental partners, researchers, and international agencies in areas of social and community development, with an emphasis on gender equality and equity. CRTD-A focuses on qualitative, participatory, and action-oriented social research, and produces original literature on gender and development, gender mainstreaming, gender training, social development, civil society, and poverty. CRTD-A also provides consultancy services for non-governmental organizations and other development actors in gender related areas.

Regional Coalition and Advocacy Planning Meetings for the Citizenship and CEDAW Campaigns in Lebanon, June 2011

June 24, 2011

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Local events being held by CRTD-A, June 2011

On June 24 2011, WLP Lebanon/CTRD-A brought together 100 women who are involved with the Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign for a consultation and planning meeting, to organize a public advocacy event on the campaign. This event came in the wake of the appointment of a new government in Lebanon, and the increasing concern for Lebanon's commitment to the full implementation of CEDAW, notably through the reform of the family laws and of the discriminatory nationality laws. WLP will continue to provide updates on the events connected with this initiative.

On June 27 and 28 2011, CRTD-A will be convening an annual regional meeting of the coalition of organizations that work together on the Claiming Equal Citizenship and Equality without Reservation campaigns in Beirut. The working group will be discussing the events of the Arab Spring in the region, and how these events have impacted, and will continue to impact, women and women’s rights. The group will also collaborate on a press release regarding women’s participation in the Arab Spring, and the emerging critical issues for women in the region, particularly with the growing visibility and mobilization of fundamentalist religious and political groups.

News from May 2011 Rabat Convening on Women and the Political Transitions in the MENA Region, and a Call for Action

May 25, 2011

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On May 20, 2011, representatives from civil society, women’s rights organizations, international organizations, including UN Women, the public sector and the diplomatic corps from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, convened in Rabat for a regional seminar on Women and Democratic Transitions in the MENA region.

Call for Support for the Feminist Spring for Democracy and Equality Coalition, Morocco

May 25, 2011

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Leading feminists from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia convened May 20-22, 2011 in Rabat for intensive discussions on the challenges to and strategies for advancing women's equality and full political participation in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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