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March 2, 2006

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Celebrate a Woman in Your Life by Supporting Women’s Empowerment in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East

This Mother’s Day (May 8), make a special dedication on behalf of a loved one or remarkable woman in your life by sending a donation that supports empowerment programs for women and girls! Your donation will enable women to develop the critical leadership and technology skills to help them lead the way to a more just and equitable world. With your dedication you may send an eCard with a special message. Your gift will help our efforts to advance women’s rights and freedoms around the world. You can make a difference! To make an online gift, click here or please send a check payable to Women’s Learning Partnership.

Afghan participants after a training picnic"Before attending this workshop I believed that only men could be successful leaders and heads of countries. The WLP workshops helped me understand that women also have the ability to be effective leaders and should be equal partners in our society." —WLP workshop participant in Afghanistan

Women attend a workshop in Zimbabwe"After this workshop I regained confidence in myself and will turn my vision of serving disadvantaged women and children into reality." —WLP workshop participant in Zimbabwe

WLP President Participates in Madrid Summit on Democracy, Terrorism, and Security

In March, WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami joined security experts, heads of state, and democracy activists at the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism, and Security in Madrid. Ms. Afkhami participated in a panel discussion on “Women, Terror, Religion, and Democracy,” where she spoke on the impact of fundamentalism and extremism on women in the Muslim world, and how women’s rights and civil society organizations are acting to counter these effects by empowering women and promoting egalitarian societies. She pointed to the experience of women who suffer from fear, helplessness, and lack of control over their lives as another face of terror, concluding that societies where women have fewer rights and choices are less likely to develop social tolerance, inclusiveness, and equitable practices. One area in which work needs to be done to counter the root causes of terrorism is to encourage legislative and socio-political change aimed at improving the status of women through building the capacity of women's and other civic and human rights organizations that support women's participation in decision-making. The panel was one of many sessions organized by the Club of Madrid on the occasion of the anniversary of the terrorist bombings in Spain on March 11, 2004.

Audio Proceedings of “Leading to Change” Symposium Available on CD Rom

Symposium CD The audio proceedings of WLP’s international symposium “Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies” are now available on CD Rom. Panelists discussed major challenges to eliminating violence against women and girls and grassroots, national, and regional measures needed to raise awareness, initiate reform legislation, and create synergy for efforts to prevent violence and to promote women's human rights. The published proceedings will be available at the end of May. Purchase the CD at WLP’s online store or listen to the proceedings online.

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.

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    WLP Partners Organize Women’s Day Activities and Leadership Workshops in India and Malaysia

    March 2, 2006

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    On March 8, women across the world celebrated International Women’s Day through a variety of celebratory festivals, peaceful ceremonies, and political rallies to honor the long struggle for equality and freedom. WLP partners in India and Malaysia held special events to raise awareness of the rights of women and indigenous peoples in their communities.

    Symposium Builds Momentum for International Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women

    March 2, 2006

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    WLP partners at the SymposiumMore than 250 activists, policy-makers, UN representatives, scholars, and heads of NGOs from 40 countries gathered at Women's Learning Partnership's (WLP) international symposium, "Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence against Women in Muslim Societies," on March 1 in New York. Held in conjunction with the United Nation's 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Symposium was an energizing and movement-building event that brought together grassroots activists, including WLP partners, and international policy-makers to discuss the major challenges to eliminating gender violence as well as grassroots, national, and regional measures to promote women's human rights. Three panel discussions on "Culture, Conflict and Extremism," "International Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women," and "Women, Empowerment, and Justice" were each followed by dynamic Q&A sessions between speakers and audience members.

    Women in Iran Develop Participatory Leadership Skills in eLearning Course

    March 2, 2006

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    WLP implemented an eight-week Persian online distance learning course on developing participatory leadership skills for women’s rights activists in Iran from January 3 - March 7, 2005. This was WLP’s first full-length online course conducted in Persian. WLP has previously conducted courses in English and is now testing a prototype Arabic course.

    Eight women based in Iran participated, including heads of women’s organizations, educators, and experienced trainers. They participated despite a climate of government crackdown and imprisonment of internet activists and bloggers.

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