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Gender Equality and Unrest in Oman

March 3, 2011

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A quick look at gender equality in Oman in the context of uprisings and unrest in the country and the region

Gender Equality and Unrest in Saudi Arabia

March 3, 2011

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A quick look at gender equality in Saudi Arabia in the context of uprisings and unrest in the country and the region

Gender Equality and Unrest in Yemen

March 3, 2011

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A quick look at gender equality in Yemen in the context of uprisings and unrest in the country and the region

Gender Equality and Unrest in Syria

March 3, 2011

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A quick look at gender equality in Syria in the context of uprisings and unrest in the country and the region

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Lebanon

November 17, 2010

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Since the United Nations General Assembly approved CEDAW in 1979, 18 out of 21 Arab states have ratified it, Egypt being the first in 1981 and Oman the last in 2006. It took several MENAG countries more than 20 years to sign and ratify CEDAW and not without expressing reservations thus undermining the essence of this Convention which remains the only treaty to focus exclusively on the rights of women. These reservations in fact reflected an institutional mindset which rejected the idea of "equality between women and men" and ignored the concept of inclusive citizenship. In doing so, Arab states reaffirmed that women will remain second class subordinate citizens.

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Afghanistan

November 17, 2010

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Afghanistan ratified CEDAW in 2003. With that decision, a variety of laws and institutions have been put into place to help ensure that women's basic human rights are protected and promoted. While the continued instability, violence, as well as cultural and religious traditions of Afghan society, pose significant challenges, there is a growing recognition and acceptance of women's basic human rights and the ratification of CEDAW has greatly helped in this area.

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Pakistan

November 17, 2010

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Honorable Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the United States of America

Good Morning,

We would like to make a short submission before you in the interest of women around the world. Please consider it sympathetically.

Second WLP Central Asia Regional Institute Brings Activists to Leadership and Advocacy Training

November 11, 2010

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For civil society, Central Asia has become one of the most difficult places to work. Freedom of assembly, an open press, and internet usage have eroded throughout the region.

Uzbekistan has remained all but closed to NGO activity. WLP's former partner in Uzbekistan, Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC), which organized WLP's first Central Asia Regional Institute in 2005 in cooperation with Shymkent Women's Resource Center (SWRC), was forcibly closed by the government in 2006.

Kyrgyzstan has seen significant political turmoil, with a coup in April. A violent outbreak in southern Kyrgyzstan in early June led to further attempts to intimidate and silence human rights activists.

Floods Still Devastating Pakistan in New Ways

November 11, 2010

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This summer, Pakistan faced the worst floods in its history, affecting over 20 million people. Before the flood waters receded, WLP launched a global appeal in support of our Pakistani partner, the Aurat Foundation, and its Motherland Flood Relief Campaign.

The next several months will be critical to stemming the number of flood-related deaths and confronting the grave issue of food security. The floodwaters wiped out huge swaths of agricultural land that provided basic staples of rice and wheat to the population. Seeds, livestock and equipment were destroyed. In the huge provinces of Sindh and Punjab, roughly 90% of cropland has been lost.

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The WLP partnership is a unique and forward-looking model for international training, capacity-building, and advocacy campaigns. Our partners are not just partners with WLP, but work in collaboration with one another to promote women’s rights, development, and peace.

WLP serves as a catalyst for introducing organizations to one another, and supports their joint projects. WLP facilitates the exchange of ideas and the implementation of cooperative programs across countries and continents through its online communications, training workshops, international conferences, and through its Regional Hubs.

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