Political Participation

ADFM CSW 56 Parallel Event - Women and the Right to Collective Lands in Morocco

February 20, 2012

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February 16, 2012

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What do Islamist victories across the Middle East mean for the future of democracy and women’s rights?

Will the Arab world follow in Iran’s footsteps?

Leading activists from the Middle East available to discuss the future of women’s rights during this time of political uncertainty in the wake of the Arab Spring.

*Interviews Available With Speakers*

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) – Former Minister for Women's Affairs, Iran; Founder & President, Women’s Learning Partnership
Asma Khader(Jordan) – UN Special Investigator for Human Rights Abuses in Libya; Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women; Former Minister of Culture; Leading Women’s Rights & International Lawyer
Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon) – Leading activist for Women’s Right to Nationality; Executive Director, Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action
Sawsan Gad (Egypt) – Co-founder of Harassmap, a Cairo-based anti-harassment NGO
Rabéa Naciri (Morocco)Member, National Human Rights Council of Morocco; Co-founder, Democratic Association of Moroccan Women
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini (Iran/ UK) Co-founder, International Civil Society Action Network

WLP Morocco/ADFM Sends Open Letter to New Head of Government Calling for Further Action to Advance Women's Equality

January 9, 2012

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To Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane Head of Government

We are pleased to address you, after your appointment by King Mohammed VI, as Head of the Government, wishing you every success in your mission.

Reaping the Results of Three Decades of Feminist Activism: Constitutional Reforms in Morocco Set Precedent of Institutionalizing Gender Equality

November 30, 2011

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By Lina Abou-Habib 
Executive Director of WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Amidst revolts, uncertain futures, the dismantling of theocratic regimes, the emergence of conservative forces and serious threats facing women in the MENA region, the recent changes in Morocco not only herald a positive transformatory process but also highlight the consistency and strength of the independent feminist movement in that country.

WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami Testimony on Women & the Arab Spring to U.S. Senate

November 4, 2011

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The following is WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami's written testimony for the hearing on Women and the Arab Spring to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operation and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues and Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Central Asia Affairs.


Thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony on the state of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa during this critical time of transition.


Constitutional reform in Jordan: progress and disappointments

October 27, 2011

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In response to demonstrations and protests taking place in Jordan beginning in January 2011, King Abdullah initiated a reform process this past spring focused on political and economic reform. As part of this process the King established a Royal Commission to review the Constitution and make recommendations for amendments.

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. 


CRTD-A concludes regional campaign meeting in Beirut: Arab Spring may bring political changes, but women activists need to be more vigilant than ever

July 12, 2011

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Feminist organizations from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, and Lebanon convened a meeting in Beirut on June 27th and 28th, hosted by WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A. Partners from Bahrain were unable to attend due to the unstable security situation in their country. Participating organizations are active members of WLP International as well as the Equality without Reservation Coalition.

Women's Rights in the Draft Constitution

July 1, 2011

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The Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), as an autonomous feminist association, having considered the various provisions of the draft constitution for fundamental rights and freedoms, particularly those relating to women's human rights, considers that:

• This project comes at a time of accelerated change in the countries of the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and reflects the current state of our society and its political and social actors. It broadly reflects the aspirations of Moroccans to a more dignified life;

Central Asia Regional Institute on Women’s Political Participation tackles election monitoring, government agency transparency and young women’s democratic engagement, among others

June 3, 2011

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WLP convened a Regional Institute on women’s political participation in Central Asia on April 14, 2011 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, co-organized by WLP Kazakhstan/Shymkent Women's Resource Center and WLP Kyrgyzstan/Human Rights Center “Citizens Against Corruption.”

Thirty women leaders, including activists, journalists, students, as well as local and state administrators, participants shared experiences on networking with organizations to advance women’s political participation, promoting the transparency of government agencies, and developing women's leadership in the Central Asia region. They also highlighted the importance of monitoring governmental institutions on the development and implementation of gender policy, analyzing local and national elections, and empowering women on the ground to push for positive change for their full political participation.

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