Leading to Choices

Mainstreaming Leading to Choices in the Nationality Campaign in Lebanon

November 15, 2010

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The fourth in a series of Leading to Choices workshops was held on November 3rd and 4th, 2010, in Ta'alabaya, Lebanon in partnership with Najdeh Association. This village, with many mixed marriages, has numerous women who have been adversely impacted by their inability to pass on their nationality to their family members.

Second WLP Central Asia Regional Institute Brings Activists to Leadership and Advocacy Training

November 11, 2010

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For civil society, Central Asia has become one of the most difficult places to work. Freedom of assembly, an open press, and internet usage have eroded throughout the region.

Uzbekistan has remained all but closed to NGO activity. WLP's former partner in Uzbekistan, Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC), which organized WLP's first Central Asia Regional Institute in 2005 in cooperation with Shymkent Women's Resource Center (SWRC), was forcibly closed by the government in 2006.

Kyrgyzstan has seen significant political turmoil, with a coup in April. A violent outbreak in southern Kyrgyzstan in early June led to further attempts to intimidate and silence human rights activists.

Training Manuals

Leadership

Our signature manual Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women has been used in interactive leadership training workshops with thousands of participants in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Building on the success of this manual, we developed Leading to Choices: A Multimedia Curriculum for Leadership Learning, which consists of three videos on effective communication, interactive facilitation, and advocacy for change, and has been used in training of trainers for hundreds of NGO leaders and activists.

Yes I Can: Youth manual Leadership for Teens focuses on the transformative leadership capacities of girls and boys, and helps workshop participants develop collective solutions.

Analyses, Agreements and Resolutions: Legal, Comparative and Advocacy Resources

Directory of Women Leaders

This section contains an online Directory of Women Leaders, particularly those from the Global South and those working on Global South issues. Designed to be used as a reference resource, the Directory seeks to increase the visibility of women leaders and help connect individuals, organizations, and networks who focus on women's human rights, democracy and civil society, peace and conflict resolution, information and communication technologies, and international development, among other issues.

Learning Tools

WLP produces culture-specific training curriculum for women in the Global South, particularly Muslim-majority societies. In cooperation with WLP, these training materials are translated, adapted, and tested by women's organizations indigenous to the intended participant group.

Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women

Authors: Mahnaz Afkhami, Ann Eisenberg, and Haleh Vaziri
In consultation with: Suheir Azzouni, Ayesha Imam, Amina Lemrini, and Rabèa Naciri

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Women's leaderships: Will the battle for development in Mauritania go down this path?

August 31, 2009

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From 13 to 16 March 2009, the Association of Women Heads of Families (AFCF) organized a training workshop for trainers in female leadership in collaboration with the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women (ADFM) and with support from Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights Development and Peace (WLP). According to Ms. El Moctar, president of AFCF, female leadership is feasible in Mauritania. “We cannot wait for a favorable situation. One cannot expect that people give us the opportunity to evolve as leaders. It is up to us, women, to win and create this dynamic of leadership, whatever the political, environmental, economical, and social situation."

Leadership Manual Now Available in Kyrgyz

June 23, 2009

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Many of CAC’s Leading to Choices workshop participants, from Isfana and Naryn, were able to apply what they had learned when they became involved in the Fall 2008 elections, campaigning for local women candidates. Two of the Leading to Choices participants became deputies on local councils.

Leadership Skills as a Pathway to Employment in Kazakhstan

June 27, 2008

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Wishing to reach beyond the vulnerabilities of unemployment, workshop participants expressed their desire to develop leadership skills not only in their personal lives and communities, but also as a tool to build confidence and communication skills for interacting with employers. Participants hoped to be able to share their experiences and become mentors to younger colleagues.

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