eNews 28

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  • Thoraya Ahmed Obaid to be WLP Board Chair

    December 14, 2010

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    After ten successful years as executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Ahmed Obaid will leave that post January 1 and become Chair of WLP's Board of Directors. As the first Saudi Arabian woman to head any UN agency and a longtime crusader for women's rights and political empowerment, Dr. Obaid is no stranger to WLP's goals and approaches. We asked her a few questions about her new position.

    Interview with Outgoing WLP Board Chair Jacqueline Pitanguy

    December 13, 2010

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    On January 1, 2011 Jacqueline Pitanguy retires after four years as Chair of WLP's Board of Directors. A sociologist and political scientist and native of Brazil, she will remain a WLP board member as she focuses on the non-governmental organization she founded in Rio de Janeiro in 1990, CEPIA (Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaco e Acao – Citizenship, Studies, Oversight, Information and Action). CEPIA promotes human and citizenship rights on health, sexual and reproductive rights, violence, poverty, employment and access to justice.

    Soulaliyates, a step forward...

    December 1, 2010

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    On November 12th, 2010, Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) and Women Forum for Alternatives Morocco (FMAS) issued the statement: Soulaliyates, a step forward.... Prior to releasing the statement, ADFM had learned of the existence of a Ministry of Interior document that recognizes, henceforth, the right of women to enjoy compensation for collective lands transfers throughout Morocco on an equal footing with men. Convinced of the credibility of its sources, ADFM decided to produce the press release and called a press conference to raise public awareness on campaign developments, but also as a measure of pressure on the authorities to prevent any decline in this momentum.

    Political Participation

    Through our networks, curriculum, and trainings, WLP works to advance women’s participation in decision-making in the public sphere, empowering women to play a key role in reshaping political, economic, and social conditions that affect both women and men to allow for equal opportunities for everyone.

    The struggle for women’s rights is often viewed as a struggle between tradition and modernity where tradition and cultural practices may subjugate women to the private sphere. The Women's Learning Partnership views women's rights to be fundamental human rights held by all women regardless of culture, class, or creed, and holds that women's political participation is key to achieving equal rights.

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