2010 Events

Political Participation

Through our networks, curriculum, and trainings, WLP works to advance women’s participation in decision-making in the public sphere, empowering women to play a key role in reshaping political, economic, and social conditions that affect both women and men to allow for equal opportunities for everyone.

The struggle for women’s rights is often viewed as a struggle between tradition and modernity where tradition and cultural practices may subjugate women to the private sphere. The Women's Learning Partnership views women's rights to be fundamental human rights held by all women regardless of culture, class, or creed, and holds that women's political participation is key to achieving equal rights.


WLP’s events bring together women’s rights activists, scholars, and influential women leaders from around the world to discuss major challenges facing women and girls in the Global South. They provide a platform for discussion and sharing of grassroots, national, and regional strategies on topics such as women’s political participation, culture and religion, movement building, and peace and conflict resolution.

Claiming Our Rights Through Nonviolent Movement-Building

October 7, 2010

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Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights Panel 4: Chaired by Carolyn Long, Speakers Pregs Govender (video), Marian Wright Edelman, and Mahnaz Afkhami

Challenges of Change Symposium

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

Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism, & Rights

In a world plagued by ethnic and religious clashes, where some strive to impose their beliefs and lifestyles on all, women leaders from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East will speak to the challenges of accommodating diversity while striving for human rights.

September 21, 2010 | 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Kenney Auditorium, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

Building a Culture of Peace in Multiethnic/Multi-religious Societies

September 1, 2010

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Panel 2: Chaired by LaShawn Jefferson, Speakers Karima Bennoune and Zainah Anwar

Promoting human rights does not mean suppressing cultures or social differences, but rather seeking to integrate human rights into them, said LaShawn Jefferson, a Ford Foundation program officer and former executive director of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

Mobilizing for the Future with Mass Media and Participatory Web

February 1, 2010

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Information, communication, and media technologies are providing unimaginable power to connect people around the world by reducing barriers of distance, time, and cost. How can NGOs harness the power of mass media and the web to mobilize supporters of women's rights and build effective movements of the future?

Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism, & Rights

August 25, 2010

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