2011 Events

eNews Issue 31

December 1, 2011

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The Arab Spring and After

Dear Friends,

After days of violent demonstrations aimed at reclaiming the revolution, Egyptians went to the polls last week to vote for a new parliament. Preliminary reports favor the Muslim Brotherhood and related groups. The previous week, conservative Islamic groups won a resounding victory in Morocco's elections, and in October, Ennahda, Tunisia's Islamist party won a clear victory. In all three countries, groups referencing Islam take positions of moderation, pointing to Islam as a set of values, rather than a set of laws, and posit themselves as the opposite of the regimes they replace. They are opaque on specifics and use words that can be defined in multiple ways.

Though sometimes, the intentions slip out, such as when Mr. Hamadi Jebeli, Secretary General of Tunisia's Ennahda says, "God willing, we are entering the sixth caliphate." Or when the head of the transitional council of Libya calls for liberalization of polygamy laws. The political process is now dominated by the organized, well-networked Islamists.

However, WLP partners in our recent meeting were adamant about their optimism for the future.

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.


Women And Democratic Transition in the Middle East

September 20, 2011

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WLP and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars present:

Panel One: Perspectives From The Region
Panel Two: The Arab Spring: Influences and Outcomes

Annual Transnational Partners Convening in Virginia, September 2011: Arab Spring, Peer-to-Peer Program, Learning Portal & Upcoming VAW Manual, Summits

September 16, 2011

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On September 16, 2011, WLP partners and board members from all over the world convened for our annual Transnational Partners Convening.  Thirty-one participants flew in from Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. Nearly all of our partners sent more than one representative, including senior program staff, to ensure wide-ranging conversations with varied perspectives, as well as to create opportunities for capacity building. 

Celebrating UN Women: The Way Forward - Event Video Highlights

March 25, 2011

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WLP in partnership with
The Center for Public Scolarship & Gender Studies Program at The New School

Celebrating UN Women: The Way Forward
February 26, 2011

We will celebrate the establishment of UN Women. Women leaders from across the globe will provide insight into the challenges women face on the ground and offer visions, hopes, and strategies for the new entity.

Womens Rights...An Enlightened View!

February 22, 2011

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Bahrain Women Association for Human Development
invites you to attend
Innovative concepts and solutions to tackle controversial issues on Women's status in the Islamic culture.
Friday, February 25 2011
Church Center for the United Nations

Women’s Political Participation and Leadership: Challenging Fundamentalisms

February 22, 2011

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BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights views women’s public and political participation as critical towards reshaping the economic, political, and social landscape to allow for equality in opportunities for both women and men. We envision a society devoid of fundamentalisms of any kind where women’s human rights becomes an integral part of everyday life. We know that this can only happen with the active participation and inclusion of women in all spheres of development, for their own good and the good of society.


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.

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