Human Rights

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.

Bills under Review by Kyrgyz Parliament Threaten Civil Society

June 22, 2015

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In Kyrgyzstan, two bills that present formidable threats to civil society and constitutionally-protected liberties are currently under review by Parliament. Echoing Russia’s policies toward NGOs, the “foreign agents” bill aims to intensify government oversight of such organizations under the pretext of national security. This bill not only extends to public authorities the right to intervene in the internal affairs of any NGO that receives foreign funding, but also forces such organizations to register as “foreign agents” or otherwise cease to operate within Kyrgyzstan.

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.

WLP Egypt/FWID Co-hosts Summit Calling for Justice in the Workplace

May 28, 2015

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On December 6, 2014, WLP Egypt/Forum for Women in Development - FWID ملتقى تنمية المرأة co-hosted the summit "Visions of Justice in the Workplace." Representatives of civil society organizations, scholars, major media outlets, and ministries of labor, education and health from Jordan, WLP Bahrain/Bahrain Women Association, South Sudan, Egypt, and Yemen gathered in Cairo, Egypt, to exchange ideas and share with each other concerns regarding the lack of social justice in existing gender policies acro

WLP Morocco/ADFM Condemns Recent National Abortion Legislation

May 26, 2015

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In a public statement released May 25, 2015, WLP Morocco/L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) expressed their “deep disappointment” concerning recently passed abortion legislation.

March 10 Event: Rethinking Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century

February 13, 2015

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Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Rethinking Human Rights:
Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century

Presented by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and the Gender Studies Program at The New School
Co-sponsored by Global Studies at the New School for Public Engagement

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Register now! | Download the flyer

Press Release and Ongoing Mobilization Win Victory against Child Marriage Loopholes in Moroccan Family Law (English and Arabic)

February 2, 2015

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The tireless advocacy work of WLP's partner in Morocco, l’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), together with the Spring of Dignity Coalition, recently achieved a major victory in stopping a bill that would have eased restrictions and legalized loopholes to permit child marriage and other discriminatory practices.

The Right to Development: Bir Duino Brings 8th Annual Human Rights Film Festival and Bus Tour to Kyrgyzstan

December 23, 2014

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On October 7-11, 2014, following a Regional Bus Tour to 20 small cities and towns across Kyrgyzstan, WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino organized and facilitated the 8th Annual Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights in Bishkek. This year’s theme was “The Right to Development,” referring to the right of citizens of The Kyrgyz Republic to demand that their government take steps to fulfill its domestic and international human rights obligations, and to improve their quality of life. View photos on Bir Duino's facebook album here.

Snapshots: Fall 2014 Across the Partnership

December 17, 2014

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Leadership training in India, an activist convention in Egypt, and human rights movement building in Marrakesh... These are just a few of the exciting activities happening around the Partnership this fall.

A New Feminist Vision, Mobilizing the Women's Movement for 2015 and Beyond

December 16, 2014

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During the opening session of WLP’s October 2014 Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) meeting held in Potomac, Maryland, WLP Board Member and former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Yakın Ertürk made this statement. Dr. Ertürk’s statement was meant to frame some of the issues facing the WLP’s work and to guide discussions throughout the TPC. To read more on WLP’s 2014 TPC, please click here.

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