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  • WLP & SIGI/J Conduct National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in ICTs for Social Change in Jordan

    December 5, 2007

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    From December 3-6, 2007 in Amman, Jordan, WLP in cooperation with WLP Jordan/Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI/J) conducted the first of two National Institutes for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Change. Nineteen women from across Jordan participated.

    Malena de Montis, Nicaragua: Fodem/Cenzontle’s Economic Empowerment Programs for Women

    December 5, 2007

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    Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Nearly 80% of its population lives on less than two dollars a day. Women’s economic participation and contribution to the household income has increased in the last decades mainly because of wars, urbanization, internal and external migration, demand for women’s labor in the maquilas, crisis in the formal economic sector, and women’s increased capacity to generate income in the informal sector. Women head 30% of homes in rural areas and 44% of homes in urban areas. These households are more economically vulnerable and the majority of them are poor, with only a single income to cover basic needs.

    2007 Arabic eCourse with participants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine

    October 3, 2007

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    The eCourse focuses on five themes from WLP’s seminal work, Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women: developing participatory and personal leadership skills; communicating persuasively; creating a shared vision; and mobilizing resources. Over the ten-week period, participants will complete reading and writing assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities.

    Persian Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb Published

    December 5, 2007

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    In November, WLP published the Persian edition of the Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb for use by Iranian women’s rights activists in the "One Million Signatures" campaign for equal legal rights and family law reform. The campaign, launched in August 2006, aims to collect one million signatures and spread grassroots awareness of discriminatory laws such as those related to marriage, divorce, and child custody.

    The arguments for family law reform presented in the Guide will help provide support to the legal reform efforts of the One Million Signatures campaign. The Guide is a unique advocacy tool developed by Collectif 95 Maghreb-Egalité, a coalition of women’s organizations from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, that presents the current state of the family law in the Maghreb, and proposes religious, human rights, sociological, and legal arguments for reform, well-supported by relevant data.

    ~The book is available for order ($24.95) or free download.~

    Women in Charge: International Women Leaders Global Security Summit

    December 5, 2007

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    From November 15-17, New York City saw the largest gathering of world women leaders ever held in the United States: the International Women Leaders Global Security Summit. Co-hosts Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, and Kim Campbell, former prime minister of Canada, joined a diverse group of high level UN and government officials, former and current heads of state from over 40 countries, and leaders of nongovernmental organizations. Mahnaz Afkhami, WLP founder and president; Sima Samar of Afghanistan, special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Sudan; and Wijdan Salim, Minister of Human Rights in Iraq were among the participants from the MENA region.

    Issues of global security— climate change, terrorism, economic insecurity, and humanitarian intervention and peace building— topped the agenda. The Summit sought to amplify public awareness and support for women’s leadership on these issues. Participants also agreed on the need to strengthen women’s information-communication-media networks to improve women’s visibility and capacity to influence policy processes.

    A Time to Give for Rights, Development, and Peace

    December 5, 2007

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    'Tis the Season!

    The WLP team along with the twenty autonomous women's organizations who make up the partnership worldwide invite you to get to know our organization and the work we do. We hope that by reading this eNewsletter you become more familiar with the leadership and ICT trainings and economic empowerment projects being implemented by the partnership. We want you to know how your money is being spent and who is directly benefiting from your generosity this holiday season. Join us in helping to promote social justice through contributing to expanding women's rights.

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