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Political Participation, Grassroots Advocacy, and CEDAW: WLP Partners Speak

December 4, 2009

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In October, WLP organized two panel discussions in Washington, D.C. to reflect upon the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the ten-year anniversary of WLP, and the launch of Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story, the latest volume in WLP's Translation Series.

The World We Seek: WLP Newsletter Spring 2016

April 27, 2016

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Dear Friends,
It is my pleasure to share with you Women’s Learning Partnership’s Spring 2016 Newsletter: The World We Seek. In this issue, we highlight our participation at this year's Women Deliver in Copenhagen, and our exciting conversations with UN Women on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and establish a new vision for the global women's movement. We feature five trailblazing initiatives developed at WLP's Institutes for Millennials and Peacebuilding. You will also read the reflections of women from Armenia to Georgia to Ukraine on what it means to them to join a women’s democracy network. Experts brought powerful evidence of the link between discriminatory family laws and violence against women to the launch of our Global Campaign on family law reform at the United Nations 60th Commission on the Status of Women. We witnessed the power of words to change lives at Life Lines: The Poetry of Human Rights, which we co-sponsored with Black Lives Matter and the African Women’s Development Fund in New York. We look forward with great optimism and enthusiasm to the work ahead of us.

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.

Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey

Since 9/11, the international emphasis on military-centered security has given rise to unprecedented challenges for human rights defenders. The push for “hard security” has increasingly taken priority over human rights protections at all levels of governance and policy making. This approach has failed to promote peace or guarantee individual safety and national security. Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey chronicles the history of the human rights movement and explores the need for a holistic understanding of universal human rights. It presents a compelling case on why human rights should be placed at the center of national and international policy making.

New WLP Documentary Film Reframes the Diologue on Human Rights

October 9, 2015

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In an effort to reframe the dialogue on human rights and to bring attention to the connection between human rights and human security, Women’s Learning Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of our latest documentary film,Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey.

MENA Youth Build Online Advocacy Campaigns for a Better Tomorrow

October 8, 2015

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“We shared one passionate spirit to formulate our visions for a better tomorrow and a better world.”
- Ahmed from Egypt on his experience at the Active Citizenship and Movement Building Institute for Millennials in Beirut, Lebanon.

SIGI/J National Coalition and Youth Tech Festival Spark Action on Post-2015 Agenda

August 28, 2015

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A key outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build on the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. In response, WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI/J) initiated a civil society consultation process across Jordan (Aqaba, Irbid, and Amman) to contribute to the international discussion.

September 14, 2015 - The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security

August 18, 2015

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Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) present The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security. September 14, 2015, 9:30am-5:00pm.

Press Release: Chair of WLP Board of Directors Earns 2015 United Nations Population Award

June 25, 2015

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WLP is proud to announce that Dr. Thoraya Obaid, Chair of WLP's Board of Directors and distinguished advocate for women's rights in Saudi Arabia and across the Global South, earned the 2015 United Nations Population Award in the individual laureate category. The award recognizes Dr. Obaid's outstanding commitment, vision, and leadership in promoting population issues and the rights of women, girls, and young people.

SIGI/J Empowering Women, Empowering Jordan for IWD 2015

May 28, 2015

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WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) commemorated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2015 with a series of marches and political actions throughout the country, and joined other Jordanian women’s rights and human rights organizations in calling for an end to laws and legal practices that discriminate against women. IWD is observed internationally on March 8 to highlight the current and historical struggles and achievements of women throughout the world.

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