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Just Released: New Multimedia Leadership Learning Tools in Arabic

June 23, 2009

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The curriculum’s three DVDs, dubbed in Arabic, use the voices of well-known actors from Jordan and the region to share new concepts in a familiar idiom. The curriculum includes a training handbook and three guides that provide interactive, scenario-based activities. Examples of participatory and democratic learning throughout the curriculum enable human rights and democracy activists, educators, women leaders, and facilitators to learn how to implement successful advocacy campaigns, communicate effectively with the media, and train trainers.

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  • Youth + YouTube + Facebook = Social Change at Youth Tech Festival

    August 14, 2009

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    The room was buzzing. One youth group producing an original YouTube video on domestic violence. Another creating a poster urging youngsters to volunteer. All members of a third team busy on Facebook, inviting friends to join their newly-created group to fight child abuse. More sights such as these were part of the Youth Tech Festival in Jordan where over 90 young women and men (with a 9 all-female technology training team) gathered to acquire hands-on skills to utilize emerging technologies to advocate for social change.

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    Women and Leadership: Women's Participation in Politics and Conflict Resolution

    June 23, 2009

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    Today, Ms. Afkhami said, we "need to adopt new ways of looking at the forces that produce and control social and cultural power, and focus on strategies that increase women’s leadership and access to power." She went on to describe the connection between women’s leadership and reducing violence against women. "There is new scholarship that shows not only is there a causality between women in power and a reduction in violent conflict, but the original social conditions that allowed for the rise of democracy and greater gender parity included a significant reduction in violent patriarchy."

    WLP Partners Discuss Strategic Directions and Campaign Tactics in Jordan

    June 23, 2009

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    Implementing CEDAW without reservations, strengthening Security Council resolution 1325, advocating for family law reform, and shaping new nationality laws that do not discriminate against women were just a few of the topics covered over the course of three days by WLP partners. Meeting in Amman, Jordan from May 30–June 2, at the WLP Partnership’s transnational convening, women from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East discussed the political, social, and economic challenges that their organizations are facing, and innovative approaches for bringing about justice and equality for women.

    Equality Without Reservation!

    June 23, 2009

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    The final communiqué issued by the conference conveners emphasized the necessity to step up campaign activities in all Arab countries, target major state and non-state institutions, strengthen alliance-building within and beyond the region, and invest in further media work and building capacities. Continued collective action, regional and global alliance-building, as well as relentless campaigning, were identified as key strategies for success.

    Strategic Planning for the New Millennium

    June 23, 2009

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    WLP and its partners are piloting a new process where peers cooperate to help each other's organizations through the strategic planning process. In peer-to-peer strategic planning, individuals familiar with the organization and its activities, and equally committed to its success, participate in developing plans for the future. Most critically, a peer has linguistic compatibility and socio-cultural understanding, and also shares the history and values of the Partnership, vision for gender justice, and knowledge of the women's movement and culturally-adapted strategies in women's rights work. This allows for deeper understanding and clearer communication between the facilitator and the organization in the strategic planning process.

    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.

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