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  • WLP & CRTD-A Train Women to Use ICTs for Advocacy in Lebanon

    February 26, 2008

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    The new technology tools were extremely popular because they offer small, resource-strapped organizations the means to advocate for women's rights. One participant is now using her new skills to promote her women's cooperative products online. CRTD-A Information Technology (IT) co-coordinator, Lina Aboulhassan, has already started a blog to raise awareness of CRTD-A's latest activities at www.new-crtda.blogspot.com.

    Interview with Kyrgyz Human Rights Defender Tolekan Ismailova

    February 26, 2008

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    The human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan has been deteriorating since 2007. The State Committee on National Security has been systematically harassing and detaining those who do not agree with their policies. They have targeted women human rights defenders and independent journalists. Women human rights defenders have faced threats and persecution because of their activities, which include demanding gold mining companies make their activities transparent and providing for the ecological security of the communities close to the mines.

    WLP Convenes First Regional Institute in Central America

    February 26, 2008

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    The Institute brought together twenty-four participants from seven countries in the region: Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and El Salvador. The participants, all of whom were experienced trainers and activists, welcomed the leadership concepts and methodologies offered in the manual, as well as the application of the leadership concept and methodology to diverse fields, including economic justice, women’s health and reproductive rights, violence against women, indigenous rights, human rights, youth advocacy, and microfinance.

    YWLP Profile: Young Woman Entrepreneur Builds Own Business Selling Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap

    February 26, 2008

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    As part of our new Young Women's Learning Partnership program (YWLP), WLP will be profiling exceptional young women leaders. This month we spoke with Maggie Dawson, founder of Maggie's Pure Land Products. At the age of 29 Maggie is the head of a successful company that sells the dried fruit from the Chinese Soapberry tree as a natural, environmentally friendly alternative to laundry detergent.

    Maggie first learned about the dried soap nuts when she was visiting a friend in Europe. Upon her return to the US, she tried to find and order them online. After doing extensive research on soap nuts, learning how they have been used for thousands of years, she teamed up with an experienced business partner who helped her locate suppliers of the soap nuts in Indonesia. She traveled there to meet with the suppliers, and while she was there met a woman artist, Ni Made Sriasih, in Bali who painted the cover for the soap nut box. She began contacting local stores and soon the soap nut packets were featured in nearly 800 natural food stores in the US and Canada.

    WLP Now Trilingual on the Web

    February 26, 2008

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    Greetings! Bonjour! Ahlan wa sahlan! Last November, Women’s Learning Partnership launched our new and expanded French and Arabic language websites to accompany our revamped English language website. Information on WLP’s eighteen partner organizations, leadership and advocacy programs, multi-lingual publications, and events is now more accessible to a much larger audience.

    The Resources section offers statistics on the situation of women around the world, as well as the details of laws currently in use. The Islamic Family Laws page, previously available only in English, particularly benefited Lebanese and Jordanian grassroots women participating in the Training of Trainers Institute in December.

    Holiday Giving Update: A Time to Give for Rights, Development, and Peace ... And Give You Did!

    February 26, 2008

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    From all of us at WLP, may we extend our sincerest thanks to the very generous donors responsible for contributing $32,534 during the holiday season, the largest amount of individual donations we have ever received in one month!

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