Human Rights

Violence Against Women: A Human Security Perspective

November 21, 2005

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This special session at the Middle East Studies Association 2005 Annual Meeting, provided a forum for scholar/activists from Muslim-majority societies to address major challenges to eliminating violence against women and girls from a human security perspective and to discuss grassroots, national, and regional measures needed to raise awareness, initiate reform legislation, and create synergy for ongoing efforts to prevent violence and to promote human rights of women.

Reflections on the International Women's Movement: 10 Years After Beijing

May 10, 2005

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On May 10, 2005 four leading international women's rights activists presented an intercultural dialogue on the status of women in a fast changing world, and discussed the challenges presented by the new technological, economic, cultural, and political realities. Panelists discussed the current status of women globally and the international women's movement in light of the tenth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the conference.

A Tribute to Reetika Vazirani

January 24, 2006

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WLP mourns with great sorrow the passing of Reetika Vazirani (d. July 16, 2003), who shared her poetry with us last March at WLP's Life Lines event. Reetika was an Indian-born poet, raised in Maryland, whose work explored questions of home and the realities of exile in the context of globalization, travel, and immigration. She was the author of World Hotel (2002), which won the 2003 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and White Elephants (1996), for which she was awarded the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. She was Writer-in-Residence at the College of William & Mary from 2002 to 2003 and was to join the faculty at Emory University this fall.

Arab Women Issue a Call to Arab Heads of State: Equality without Reservation

December 8, 2009

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Equality Without Reservations Campaign

Kyrgyzstan: Women activists report increasing harassment

July 10, 2008

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EurasiaNet Janyl Chytyrbaeva August 5, 2007

Kyrgyzstan is known for having a strong civil society, but in recent months many observers have warned that the human-rights situation in the country has deteriorated.

Civil society leaders are now calling on the Kyrgyz government to halt persecution of human-rights activists.

Support Iranian Women on their National Day of Solidarity

November 20, 2007

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June 2, 2008

Iranian women's rights activists are calling for international support in observance of the June 12, 2006 demonstrations. Two years ago on this day, activists organized a peaceful protest demanding the revision of discriminatory laws against women in Iran. Seventy people were arrested during the gathering and continue to this day to be summoned, charged, arrested and sentenced for peaceful activism. June 12th has since been chosen by Iranian women’s rights activists as their national day of solidarity to object harmful actions which attempt to silence Iranian women.

Sign the "One Million Signatures" campaign petition calling for an end to discriminatory laws against women such as men's uncontested right to divorce, polygamy, and child custody.

Please read the following "Statement in Support of Iranian Women" and send your personal or organizational support for the women’s rights activists who are fighting for their basic human rights against all odds. Please send emails to and For more information about the campaign efforts, please read below or visit the One Million Signatures website.

Symposium Builds Momentum for International Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women

March 2, 2006

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WLP partners at the SymposiumMore than 250 activists, policy-makers, UN representatives, scholars, and heads of NGOs from 40 countries gathered at Women's Learning Partnership's (WLP) international symposium, "Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence against Women in Muslim Societies," on March 1 in New York. Held in conjunction with the United Nation's 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Symposium was an energizing and movement-building event that brought together grassroots activists, including WLP partners, and international policy-makers to discuss the major challenges to eliminating gender violence as well as grassroots, national, and regional measures to promote women's human rights. Three panel discussions on "Culture, Conflict and Extremism," "International Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women," and "Women, Empowerment, and Justice" were each followed by dynamic Q&A sessions between speakers and audience members.

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