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).

WLP Partner Alumnae Spotlight: Past Leading to Choices Participants Reach High Positions

September 14, 2007

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In July 2007, in Jordan, three WLP alumnae won seats in their municipal councils. Additionally, two alumnae of a regional training in Africa have gone on to take leadership roles in NGOs and in civil service. Christiana Thorpe and Daphne Williams were appointed as National Electoral Commissioners of Sierra Leone in 2005 and 2006 respectively, with Ms. Thorpe gaining the distinction of being the first woman to hold that position in the country. Elections were held in Sierra Leone in August 2007, with run-off election results still pending, and Ms. Thorpe and Ms. Williams were key players in overseeing the process.

Partner Focus: Jordan and Zimbabwe

March 21, 2007

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At the Women’s Learning Partnership, we consider our greatest achievement to be the solidarity, strength, and dynamism of our Partnership based on relationships of trust, respect, and cooperation. Our shared vision, nurtured through six years of collaborative effort and sustained communication, has enabled 18 autonomous national and regional organizations on four continents, working in 17 languages, and functioning under diverse conditions, to work closely together, thereby significantly increasing our impact on the struggle to secure justice and equality for women. The partners inspire each other, learn from one another, and provide support and solidarity in our human rights advocacy. In this issue we spotlight our partners in Jordan and Zimbabwe.

Women in Iran Develop Participatory Leadership Skills in eLearning Course

March 2, 2006

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WLP implemented an eight-week Persian online distance learning course on developing participatory leadership skills for women’s rights activists in Iran from January 3 - March 7, 2005. This was WLP’s first full-length online course conducted in Persian. WLP has previously conducted courses in English and is now testing a prototype Arabic course.

Eight women based in Iran participated, including heads of women’s organizations, educators, and experienced trainers. They participated despite a climate of government crackdown and imprisonment of internet activists and bloggers.

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