2005 Events

A Shared Vision for Change: Women and Legislative Reform in Muslim-Majority Societies

November 17, 2005

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Women leaders from Muslim-majority societies discussed strategies for the creation of egalitarian communities and reform of family law in Muslim-Majority Societies based on women's capability to choose. The panelists included Mahnaz Afkhami, Zainah Anwar, Asma Khader, Rabéa Naciri, and Azar Nafisi. The dialogue was a collaboration between WLP and the Dialogue Project at John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

WLP Convenes Transnational Partners Meeting in Bangkok

October 25, 2005

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October 25-26, 2005

WLP Partners in BangkokWomen’s Learning Partnership (WLP) convened its 2005 Transnational Partners Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand from October 25-26, 2005, immediately preceding the 10th AWID International Forum. WLP partners from 13 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East attended. The focus of this strategy meeting was to further define the structure and identity of the WLP Partnership, and to strategize on ways to build our collective capacity and to ensure the future sustainability of our partnership model.

Arabic eCourse: Prototype with Participants from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine

October 21, 2005

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From September 5 to October 21, 2005, a group of 14 experienced leadership trainers from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine participated in a five-week prototype Arabic eCourse to test and adapt the Arabic curriculum in preparation for a full eCourse in 2006.

Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies

March 1, 2005

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March 1, 2005: Women have been systematically deprived of knowledge and skills that might help them to become better equipped to protect themselves against violence, including knowledge of the existing laws, religious texts, positive cultural resources, international injunctions on human rights, and the demands made by other women for rights in their community and elsewhere. In the WLP Symposium, speakers will address major challenges to eliminating violence against women and girls and discuss grassroots, national, and regional measures needed to raise awareness, initiate reform legislation, and create synergy for ongoing efforts to prevent violence and to promote women's human rights.

WLP and BAOBAB Convene Learning Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers in Sub-Saharan Africa

February 25, 2005

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Twenty-five women from eight African countries met in Calabar, Nigeria for the Africa Regional Learning Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers. Co-organized by WLP and BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, the five-day Institute aimed to strengthen participants' capacity to become better trainers and advocates in empowering grassroots women to become effective decision-makers in their families, communities, and societies. Participants were from Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Among them were Vabah Gayflor, Minister of Gender and Development in Liberia, and Hafsat Abiola, President of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy in Nigeria.

International Symposium - Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies

March 2, 2006

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"Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development, and peace. Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Violence Against Women: A Human Security Perspective

November 21, 2005

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This special session at the Middle East Studies Association 2005 Annual Meeting, provided a forum for scholar/activists from Muslim-majority societies to address major challenges to eliminating violence against women and girls from a human security perspective and to discuss grassroots, national, and regional measures needed to raise awareness, initiate reform legislation, and create synergy for ongoing efforts to prevent violence and to promote human rights of women.

WLP and CRTD-A Convene Middle East-Gulf Regional Learning Institute for Women’s Leadership

November 21, 2005

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WLP convened the Institute to create an opportunity for women activists in the region to develop skills in participatory leadership, facilitation, communications, and advocacy, building their capacity as leaders. In a role play on communicating with the media, participants took on the role of guests in a TV talk show, defending contrasting points of view. "One should not treat interacting with the media as an exam, but simply as a means of getting across a message and building public support for your goals," said Moroccan partner Amina Lemrini.

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