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.

Update on WLP Mauritania Partner Aminetou Mint Moctar, Following Fatwa Threatening Death by Extremist Group

July 10, 2014

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Morocco Citizens Demand Public Apology from the Head of Government

July 9, 2014

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Partner Organization’s Training Reaches Over 1400 in Zimbabwe

April 28, 2014

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The WLP leadership and political participation curriculum reached over 1400 women, men, youth, civil society workers, and government employees in the past year through trainings implemented by WLP Zimbabwe/Women’s Self Promotion Movement (WSPM) and other civil society organizations in Zimbabwe trained by WSPM. This spread of WLP’s grassroots workshops is a cascading effect of a recent WLP Training of Trainers Institute (TOT) held in Harare, Zimbabwe by WSPM in February 2013.

Launching of “Mouvement Asma Khader” Commemorated With March on International Women’s Day in DRC

April 28, 2014

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On March 8, 2014, International Women’s Day, in Fizi Centre, South Kivu province, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), nearly 3000 women, men, and youth participated in a public march marking the beginning of the “Mouvement Asma Khader,” and calling for an end to the impunity of perpetrators of gender-based violence in their communities. “Mouvement Asma Khader” is an activist network that was created by the DRC-based NGO Action des Femmes a la Non-Violence (AFNV), and dedicated to fighting gender-based violence in DRC.

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