Human Rights

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.

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.

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