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Central Asia Regional Institute on Women’s Political Participation tackles election monitoring, government agency transparency and young women’s democratic engagement, among others

June 3, 2011

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WLP convened a Regional Institute on women’s political participation in Central Asia on April 14, 2011 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, co-organized by WLP Kazakhstan/Shymkent Women's Resource Center and WLP Kyrgyzstan/Human Rights Center “Citizens Against Corruption.”

Thirty women leaders, including activists, journalists, students, as well as local and state administrators, participants shared experiences on networking with organizations to advance women’s political participation, promoting the transparency of government agencies, and developing women's leadership in the Central Asia region. They also highlighted the importance of monitoring governmental institutions on the development and implementation of gender policy, analyzing local and national elections, and empowering women on the ground to push for positive change for their full political participation.

Iranian Activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari Awarded Theodor Haecker Prize

April 5, 2011

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Radio Zamaneh: Shiva Nazar-Ahari, a persecuted Iranian human rights activist, has been awarded the Theodor Haecker prize for her courageous internet reporting on human rights violations.

The award was established by the German city of Esslingen, once the home of Haecker, a philosopher, writer and anti-Nazi cultural critic. The award aims to recognize individuals or groups who strive to achieve peace and democracy.

Gender Equality and Unrest in Jordan

March 3, 2011

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

Gender Equality and Unrest in Lebanon

March 3, 2011

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

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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Gender Equality and Unrest in Yemen

March 3, 2011

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Gender Equality and Unrest in Syria

March 3, 2011

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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.

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