Human Rights

Family Law and Violence: Reports from the Field

March 14, 2016

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At CSW60 this March, WLP intends to approach the review theme of elimination and prevention of violence against women from an innovative angle.  Around the world, women are impacted by gender-related legislation that determines their right to marry, travel, hold a job, choose their place of residence, or make decisions about their children’s rights. WLP will present the research and solutions of scholars and activists who have witnessed the connection between these laws as practiced in parts of the Global South and violence against women. The session will discuss the cultural, traditional, and religious foundations of these laws and demonstrate that legal reform is directly related to ending violence against women. Panelists will share challenges and best practices in legal reform from their countries and discuss next steps for the 2015-2030 agenda.

Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights

February 29, 2016

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Lifelines are women's voices cast across divides to convey understanding and appreciation for the pain of exile, torture, violence and war, and the possibility of starting afresh, of healing, safety, and peace. On Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:30am at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York, six poet-activists presented powerful readings and performances, facilitated by acclaimed Ghanaian-American poet and academic Abena Busia. Presented by WOMEN’S LEARNING PARTNERSHIP in collaboration with the AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND USA and BLACK LIVES MATTER.

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.

A Call to Promote Women’s Human Rights Defenders and a Culture of Democracy in Zimbabwe

December 16, 2015

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Although the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for gender balance in decision-making and power, many women and girls are still unaware of their rights and how to exercise them. In response, WLP’s partner in Zimbabwe, Women’s Self-Promotion Movement (WSPM), convened 24 participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Women’s NGOs, academics and professional women to discuss how they can transform power relations in all spheres of life.

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.

WLP Partners Unite to End Gender-Based Violence in the 16 Days Campaign, 2015

November 23, 2015

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Take a stand! Join WLP in the worldwide campaign to end gender-based violence.

On November 25, 2015, Women's Learning Partnership joins the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, along with over 5,478 organizations and other participants from 187 countries and territories, in the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The 2015 Campaign theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, highlights the increase of violent attacks against women and girls who claim their right to education, and the continued barriers to women's and girls' education across the globe. You can find more information on our WLP Partner 16 Days Activities Page and on the CWGL 16 Days Campaign home page.

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.

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.

WLP Morocco/ADFM Condemns Recent Government Violations of Individual Rights and Demands Penal Code Reforms to Protect Women

July 2, 2015

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In response to the recent arrest of two Moroccan women for violating “public modesty” laws by wearing short skirts, WLP ‎Morocco‬/Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) along with other women's rights organizations convened a protest on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Rabat. Read more here (Arabic). ADFM also issued the below statement to demand that the Moroccan government take necessary measures to protect women’s personal choice of clothing.

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