Leadership

WLP Malaysia Brings together Union Leaders and Women Activists

August 13, 2006

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The majority of the labor unionists were new to the participatory leadership approach and to gender analysis. Many male participants found that the workshop challenged their views on gender relations, leading them to question their behavior towards female colleagues and family members. One unionist reported, "I was blind to women's problems in our country. But I'm willing to reopen my eyes, reassess the situation, and play my part to achieve gender equality." A few men decided to organize discussions within their unions on the role of gender relations in society.

Leadership Workshops in India and Malaysia Lead to Cooperative Efforts to Empower Women

March 5, 2006

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"Although for me a leader meant only a political leader, I have learned that we can also be leaders in our lives," expressed one participant. Another said, "I was inspired to come forward to help the women of our village, as well as other people, so that we can work together as one."

WLP Partners Organize Women’s Day Activities and Leadership Workshops in India and Malaysia

March 2, 2006

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On March 8, women across the world celebrated International Women’s Day through a variety of celebratory festivals, peaceful ceremonies, and political rallies to honor the long struggle for equality and freedom. WLP partners in India and Malaysia held special events to raise awareness of the rights of women and indigenous peoples in their communities.

Regional Learning Institute for Women's Leadership in Central Asia

August 31, 2005

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Regional Learning Institute for Women's Leadership in Central Asia participantsWomen's Learning Partnership (WLP) together with its regional partner convened a Central Asia Regional Learning Institute for Women's Leadership from August 24-27, 2005 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. NGO leaders, journalists, and human rights activists from five countries - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - participated in the Institute, which consisted of a week-long intensive skills development program in participatory leadership, interactive facilitation, persuasive communication, and effective advocacy campaign development.

The Institute took place amidst an atmosphere of heightened security and political tensions in the region. In the face of increasing restrictions on civil society and NGOs, human rights, and press freedom in the region, WLP brought participants together to create a regional network of women's rights advocates working to advance women in leadership and decision-making positions.

Regional Learning Institute for Women's Leadership in Central Asia

August 27, 2005

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The Institute took place amidst an atmosphere of heightened security and political tensions in the region. In the face of increasing restrictions on civil society and NGOs, human rights, and press freedom in the region, WLP brought participants together to create a regional network of women’s rights advocates working to advance women in leadership and decision-making positions.

AFCF Convenes National Institute for Women's Leadership in Mauritania

May 20, 2005

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Several participants emphasized the importance of training that integrates an understanding of the culture of human rights and draws on local experiences in defining problems and solutions. Other participants expressed the need for more programming addressing women's economic status, literacy, slavery, and the personal status code. There was a broad agreement that women needed to take on more managerial roles in Mauritania in order to improve the status of women.

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.

WLP and Afghan Institute of Learning Convene Institute for Women’s Leadership in Kabul

April 13, 2004

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By the end of the Institute, three teams of participants each developed a final project that addressed a social problem facing their community. One group decided to create a national political front based on meritocracy and gender inclusiveness to help build national consensus and unity, and increase voter turn-out and participation in the next national elections in Afghanistan. This front, which they called the National Consensus Front, would consist of one male and one female representative from each political party and would collectively work for the common good, sustainable development, and peace in Afghanistan.

WLP and Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan Convene Middle East/North Africa Institute for Women's Leadership in Jordan

December 15, 2003

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WLP convened the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership from December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan. Thirty women leaders from eleven Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, and Yemen took part in the week-long Institute for training of trainers.

Women and Leadership in Muslim Societies: Voices for Change

November 25, 2002

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Prominent women leaders discussed women's leadership and strategies for expanding women's political participation in Muslim societies. Panelists included Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran), Ayesha Imam (Nigeria), Asma Khader (Jordan), Thoraya Obaid (Saudi Arabia), Shirin Tahir-Kheli (Pakistan), and Azar Nafisi (Iran, Moderator).

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