Organizational Capacity Building

WLP Indonesia Trains Women Political Aspirants and Community Leaders

April 28, 2014

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On November 10-11, 2013, in response to Indonesia’s new electoral quota system and in preparation for elections held April 9, 2014, WLP Indonesia/Women and Youth Development Institute Indonesia (WYDII) launched a Political Participation Capacity Building Institute.

Bahraini Partner Organization’s 2013 Trainings Yield Positive Results for Gender Justice

April 28, 2014

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WLP Bahrain/BWA Builds Regional Solidarity in 2013

April 28, 2014

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Throughout 2013 WLP Bahrain/Bahrain Women’s Association (BWA) launched and participated in a number of events outside of Bahrain, strengthening regional and international solidarity with other NGOs and WLP partner organizations. BWA held leadership trainings for women in Kuwait and Qatar using the Leading to Choices curriculum, while BWA members also participated in regional convenings of women’s human rights activists in Egypt and Jordan.

Partners from Across the Globe Discuss Advancing Women's Rights and Democratic Values in 2014

December 6, 2013

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Video: Virtual Activism, Real Change: Women & Democratic Transition in the Middle East

October 25, 2011

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WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the intersection of women, democratic transition, and technology, focusing on the current context of the Middle East, at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Conference, "Internet and democratic change - Net activism, empowerment and emancipation," October 26, 2011 from 11:30-12:10 GMT, followed by discussions on specific MENA countries, and closing remarks by Sweden's Secretary of State, Hanna Hellquist. 

 

What We Do

WLP’s work uses the programmatic strategies of (1) leadership and advocacy curriculum development, (2) training at the grassroots, national, and regional levels (3) strengthening civil society, and (4) women’s human rights advocacy and movement building.

WLP’s programmatic strategies are overlapping and mutually supportive, with the following objectives for each:

Curriculum Development: To create culture‐specific training and advocacy manuals that furnish grassroots activists in the Global South with materials to strengthen democracy activism, the women’s movement, and youth with materials in leadership, ICTs, political participation, organizational capacity building and evaluation, and advocacy for women’s human rights.

Training: To implement flexible and accessible participatory leadership training for an increasing number of civil society organizations and grassroots women so they can acquire the skills necessary to actively shape their future, assume leadership in their communities, and become activists committed to strengthening democracy and women’s rights.

Strengthening Civil Society: (1) To increase partner organizations’ capacity in strategic program implementation and evaluation, sustainable organizational development, ICTs, and mobilization and management of human and financial resources, to strengthen their ability to implement empowerment programs and foster women's agency in developing moderate, secular civil societies. (2) To build partners’ capacity to take collective action by providing them with opportunities to cooperate and deepen relationships among themselves and with other civil society organizations at the national and regional levels.

Women’s Human Rights Advocacy and Movement Building: (1) To mobilize women and youth at the grassroots to effect social change and legal reform for gender equitable societies. (2) To build and strengthen grassroots, national, and international networks that promote democratic governance and peace‐building and increase the capacity of marginalized, moderate civil society activists to effectively engage in prominent networks with opinion leaders, policy makers, and academics. (3) To increase accurate and timely coverage of women's rights and democracy issues by leveraging conventional and alternative media to raise awareness and engage a broad spectrum of individuals in constructive dialogue.

Organizational Capacity Building

The Women’s Learning Partnership aims to achieve widespread, sustainable change through cooperation with partner organizations.

WLP activities strengthen the capacity of partners and other groups in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, who in turn mobilize hundreds of local organizations, who in turn train thousands of grassroots community members to be strong, motivated advocates for change.

Learning Across Borders: Kyrgyz Students Discuss Women’s Rights and Islam with Asma Khader

December 4, 2009

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Since its launch in September 2008, WLP's peer-exchange strategic planning and capacity building initiative has been a resounding success. Over the past year, we have seen fruitful exchanges between partners in several countries, including Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Nigeria. Our peer collaboration model has already evolved far beyond our initial hopes, producing not only deep organizational analyses and real results, but also a new level of creativity, outreach, and relationship building among partners and across regions.

WLP Partners Discuss Strategic Directions and Campaign Tactics in Jordan

June 23, 2009

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Implementing CEDAW without reservations, strengthening Security Council resolution 1325, advocating for family law reform, and shaping new nationality laws that do not discriminate against women were just a few of the topics covered over the course of three days by WLP partners. Meeting in Amman, Jordan from May 30–June 2, at the WLP Partnership’s transnational convening, women from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East discussed the political, social, and economic challenges that their organizations are facing, and innovative approaches for bringing about justice and equality for women.

Strategic Planning for the New Millennium

June 23, 2009

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WLP and its partners are piloting a new process where peers cooperate to help each other's organizations through the strategic planning process. In peer-to-peer strategic planning, individuals familiar with the organization and its activities, and equally committed to its success, participate in developing plans for the future. Most critically, a peer has linguistic compatibility and socio-cultural understanding, and also shares the history and values of the Partnership, vision for gender justice, and knowledge of the women's movement and culturally-adapted strategies in women's rights work. This allows for deeper understanding and clearer communication between the facilitator and the organization in the strategic planning process.

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