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.


Women's Learning Partnership is made up of WLP International in the USA and 20 WLP national and regional partners. While each partner is autonomous and independent, we share the values and aspirations of the Partnership as a whole.

WLP partner organizations operate in:
Brazil | Egypt | India | Indonesia | Iran | Jordan | Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Lebanon | Malaysia | Mauritania | Morocco | Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Palestine | Senegal | Turkey | Zimbabwe.

By working together, we put our collective energies behind common goals, significantly increasing our impact on the socio-political environment.

For additional insight into each partner's work and the challenges of working in a particular country, visit individual country pages, campaigns pages, and the resources section of the site.


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Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan,

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At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #31
Gender Inequality Index2 0.334
HDI Ranking3 #68
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 24%/4%
Women in Parliament ranking #49
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 5%(#85)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1924/1924

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GovernmentRepublic with authoritarian presidential rule
Total population17.5 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $13,000
HDI ranking3#68
Population under age 1524%
Urban population59%
Internet users45%
LanguagesKazakh 64.4%, Russian 95%

Indices Education & Employment 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 #31 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 100% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 24%/4%
Gender Inequality Index2 0.334 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 97% Women in Parliament ranking #49
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 33.9% (30.1%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 5% (#85)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1924/1924
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 770 Quota type None legislated
Births per woman 2.6 Constitutional quota in lower house No
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 31 Electoral quota in lower house No
Voluntary political party quotas No

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Shymkent Women's Resource Center (SWRC) is a non-profit organization in Kazakhstan whose programs aim to combat trafficking and violence against women and to promote women’s rights through the active participation of women and youth in society. SWRC engages in civic and legal education, organizes campaigns to combat trafficking, creates self-help support groups for women, provides psychological and legal counseling, and manages a shelter for victims of trafficking. Read More >

Srilatha Batliwala

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A feminist activist and researcher, Srilatha Batliwala is a Civil Society Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Prior to her fellowship, she was a Program Officer in the Governance and Civil Society Unit of the Ford Foundation in New York. She was also previously a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Studies at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.

Sima Samar

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Sima Samar, an educator, health care provider, and women’s rights advocate, is Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). She was the first Deputy Chair and Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Interim Administration of Afghanistan and served as Vice Chair of the Emergency Loya Jirga.

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