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Afifa Dirani Arsanios

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Afifa Arsanios is the Advisor to the Minister of Culture and Education in Beirut, Lebanon and a former diplomat in the Lebanese Foreign Service. She has held a number of diplomatic positions in international agencies including the UN General Assembly, the World Bank, and the UN Development Program. Ms. Arsanios is an Advisor to the Women's Learning Partnership and the Global Fund for Women. In 1994, she founded a chapter of the Sisterhood is Global Institute in Lebanon, establishing training programs in women's human rights for Muslim women in the Bekaa Valley.

Zakia Salime

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Zakia Salime is founder of Women's Space, a non-governmental organization in Morocco that works to improve women's skills in microcredit and their access to market funds. She is also President of Espace Point de Depart (ESPOD) Association for Promoting Women’s Micro-Enterprises. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 she received a Goodwin Fellowship for her work in Sociology with a concentration in Gender Relations and International Development.

Rima Khalaf Hunaidi

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Rima Khalaf Hunaidi is Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS). As RBAS Director, Dr. Hunaidi oversees the publication of the UNDP Arab Human Development Report. Dr. Hunaidi has served as a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament, Jordan and a member of the Economic and Social Consultative Council. She has held other high-ranking positions in Jordan including Deputy Prime Minster, Minister of Planning, and Minister of Industry and Trade. Dr.

Najat Rochdi

Najat Rochdi, a computer science engineer with a masters degree in mathematics, is the Regional Coordinator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Information and Communication Technology for Development in Arab Region (ICTDAR) initiative. She previously served as Morocco's Deputy Minister in charge of Small and Medium Enterprise and e-services development, and as Director of Cooperation and ICT Development in the Moroccan Ministry of Post and Information Technology. Ms.

Claiming Our Rights Through Nonviolent Movement-Building

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Youth + YouTube + Facebook = Social Change at Youth Tech Festival

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The room was buzzing. One youth group producing an original YouTube video on domestic violence. Another creating a poster urging youngsters to volunteer. All members of a third team busy on Facebook, inviting friends to join their newly-created group to fight child abuse. More sights such as these were part of the Youth Tech Festival in Jordan where over 90 young women and men (with a 9 all-female technology training team) gathered to acquire hands-on skills to utilize emerging technologies to advocate for social change.

Photo Blog of National ICT Training of Trainers Institute in Jordan

August 15, 2009

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Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) and Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI-J) convened a National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Change in Amman, Jordan from Dec 3-6, 2007. The Institute was facilitated by WLP colleague Usha Venkatachallam. Learn more about the Institute through the photo blog below.

Photo Blog of National ICT Training of Trainers Institute in Lebanon

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Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) and Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action convened a National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Change in Beirut, Lebanon from Dec 9-12, 2007. The Institute was facilitated by WLP colleague Usha Venkatachallam. Learn more about the Institute through the photo blog below.

More than 2,000 families waiting to become Bahraini citizens

May 13, 2008

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The irony is that most of the listed families who are the focus of the nationality campaign are eligible to obtain a Bahraini passport and fulfill all conditions set by the laws. The nationality law stipulates a mandatory three-year residence for GCC nationals in Bahrain, 15 years for Arabs and 25 years for non-Arabs to obtain Bahraini citizenship.

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