Africa

Horizontal Leadership Model Spreads in Nigeria

May 9, 2008

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In Hausa, two different words refer to a leader or leadership. The first word, shugabanci, is more popular and refers to authoritarian leadership. The second word, jagoranci, refers to horizontal leadership. At the beginning, most of the participants felt that the first definition of leadership was more significant while the second definition only refers to someone who directs others but does not have the power to actually lead. At the end of the Institute, after much debate, participants came to the decision that leadership was not the ability to impose one’s desires on others, but rather to lead the people to a shared vision of the world we wish to create.

Liberian Leaders in Community-Based Organizations Change Attitudes

May 9, 2008

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WLP and our Nigeria partner BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights convened a National Training of Trainers Institute (TOT) in Paynesville, Liberia in May for 25 women in leadership positions at community-based organizations focusing on women’s issues.

WSPM Working Under Extremely Difficult Conditions

September 28, 2007

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Due to government repression as well as the ongoing economic crisis in which inflation rates have soared past 1,000%, NGOs and specifically, women’s rights organizations, face a great deal of difficulty in the work they do on the ground. Violence against women is on the rise, and there has been an increase in the number of female-headed households as men leave to find jobs elsewhere. The HIV/AIDS pandemic adds to the crisis women and children are facing in Zimbabwe.

Alumni Spotlight: Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe (Uganda)

March 21, 2007

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We are pleased to share that Ms. Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe has been named the Executive Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. AMwA was founded to create space for African women to organize autonomously, identify issues of concern to them and to empower them to speak for themselves. AMwA aims to provide solidarity, support, awareness, and to link African women active in skills building and self-development.

WLP Partners with Local NGOs on Workshops in Sub-Saharan Africa

March 6, 2006

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In May and July this year, nearly 200 women from six countries in sub-Saharan Africa participated in human rights and leadership development workshops organized by WLP and its partners. The workshops took place in Zimbabwe and Tanzania as part of the regularly scheduled programming for the Women's Self-Promotion Movement (WSPM) and Umoja wa Akina Mama Fizi (UWAFI). The response from participants and facilitators to WLP's empowering, cooperative leadership strategies was very positive. The workshops' success was largely due to the excellent planning and organization of the NGOs, whose commitment to new models of leadership and consensus-building provided the workshops with real-life context and problem-focused content.

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.

Progrès Social/WAR (GIPS/WAR)

Groupe d'Initiatives pour le Progrès Social/West Africa Region (GIPS/WAR)

Groupe d'Initiatives pour le Progrès Social/WAR (GIPS/WAR) is a non-profit Community Association that promotes the economic, social, and cultural development of rural and urban women through training, advocacy campaigns, counselling, and technology programs.

Senegal

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #72
Gender Inequality Index2 0.528
HDI Ranking3 #170
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 42.67%
Women in Parliament ranking #6
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 20.6% (#40)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945

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At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #72
Gender Inequality Index2 0.528
HDI Ranking3 #170
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 42.67%
Women in Parliament ranking #6
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 20.6% (#40)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945
Overview
Government Republic
Total population 14 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $2,500
HDI ranking3 #170
Population under age 15 42%
Urban population 44%
Internet users 22%
Languages French (official), Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka

Indices Political Participation

 

Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #72 Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 64 (42.67%)
Gender Inequality Index2 0.528 Women in Parliament ranking #6
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 20.6% (#40)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945

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Groupe d'Initiatives pour le Progrès Social/WAR (GIPS/WAR) is a non-profit Community Association that promotes the economic, social, and cultural development of rural and urban women through training, advocacy campaigns, counselling, and technology programs. Created in 2004 by a group of women activists in Thies, Senegal, GIPS/WAR manages projects and programs that promote sustainable self-development, taking into account the preservation of the environment and the financial autonomy of its 300 members. Read More >

When Home Is Where the Harm Is: Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-Based Violence

February 29, 2016

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On Thursday March 17 at the New School; leaders, government officials, and activists came together for the 60th Session of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Women’s Learning Partnership and the Gender Studies Program at The New School convened a discussion on the relationship between family law reform and combating gender-based violence. This event marked the launch of a new WLP initiative on family law reform supported by the International Development Resource Center.

A Call to Promote Women’s Human Rights Defenders and a Culture of Democracy in Zimbabwe

December 16, 2015

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Although the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for gender balance in decision-making and power, many women and girls are still unaware of their rights and how to exercise them. In response, WLP’s partner in Zimbabwe, Women’s Self-Promotion Movement (WSPM), convened 24 participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Women’s NGOs, academics and professional women to discuss how they can transform power relations in all spheres of life.

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