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Asma Jahangir

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Asma Jahangir is a distinguished human rights lawyer who is Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary executions. She is former Secretary General and Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (1987-1993). She is a board member of The Commonwealth Lawyer’s Association (London) and a Commissioner with the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva).

Rend Rahim Francke

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Rend Rahim Francke serves as Iraq’s representative to the United States in Washington, DC. She was appointed to the position by the Iraqi Governing Council in December 2003. A native of Iraq, Ms. Francke is a founding member of The Iraq Foundation, a non-profit organization working for human rights and democracy in Iraq, and has served as the organization's Executive Director since 1991. Ms.

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

October 7, 2010

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Legislating Public and Private Spaces

October 7, 2010

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

August 14, 2009

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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 14, 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

August 14, 2009

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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.

Maghreb Regional Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers

December 14, 2004

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 It has taken my generation 20 years to learn how to speak to the media in convincing ways and I want this new generation to learn these skills more quickly. 
— Institute Participant

Twenty-six women’s rights activists and leaders of women’s groups from Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia participated in the Institute, one of the first training and networking forums that brought together women activists from across the region. In the Maghreb context, leadership ability is often linked with privileged positions granted through family or tribal ties, money, and education. However, Institute participants identified a number of “ordinary” women as leaders because of their courage and the risks they took in raising their voices against certain taboo issues and unjust practices.

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