Equality Without Reservation!

June 23, 2009

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The final communiqué issued by the conference conveners emphasized the necessity to step up campaign activities in all Arab countries, target major state and non-state institutions, strengthen alliance-building within and beyond the region, and invest in further media work and building capacities. Continued collective action, regional and global alliance-building, as well as relentless campaigning, were identified as key strategies for success.

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.

Working Together: Equality Without Reservation Campaign

April 3, 2009

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The Equality without Reservation campaign is a regional campaign covering the MENA and Gulf Region. All Arab States have signed and ratified CEDAW but under so many reservations that the purpose of the convention is defeated. We understand this to mean that Arab states have never meant to implement CEDAW hence the numerous reservations they have institutionalised to block any possible useful implementation.

Equality Without Reservation Campaign: A renewed impetus for gender equality in the MENA region

March 5, 2009

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Naciri explains that "the importance of CEDAW is that it is a common and coherent tool for implementation [of women’s rights] and for measuring progress. Thus, women and human rights organizations need to mobilize to ensure that CEDAW and other Human Rights conventions are duly and truthfully implemented within each country. This implies that positive changes and transformation are brought in at the level of women's lives, conditions and positions."

Lebanon Plans Sit-In and New Strategies for Nationality Campaign

July 23, 2008

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CRTD-A released a memo on July 14th, 2008 addressing the new government and urging it to commit to implementing the CEDAW agreement, particularly section 2 of Article 9 stating equality in transferring nationality to children. The memo pointed out regional success in countries participating in the campaign such as Algeria’s success in lifting reservations on Article 9 of CEDAW and Egypt and Morocco’s successes in law reform granting women the right to pass on their nationality to their children. They urged the Lebanese government to follow in the footsteps of these countries.

Making IT Our Own: Information & Communication Technology Training of Trainers Manual

April 28, 2008

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Making IT Our Own takes an assemble-your-own approach to ICT trainings by providing the necessary components—guidelines for participatory facilitation, step-by-step 'how tos' for each technology tool, learning resources on CD, and an assortment of pre-assembled agendas—so that trainers can customize and deliver effective technology trainings of their own suited to their communities. The manual uses scenarios to contextualize learning in everyday life and explore issues related to gender and technology.

WLP & CRTD-A Train Women to Use ICTs for Advocacy in Lebanon

February 26, 2008

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The new technology tools were extremely popular because they offer small, resource-strapped organizations the means to advocate for women's rights. One participant is now using her new skills to promote her women's cooperative products online. CRTD-A Information Technology (IT) co-coordinator, Lina Aboulhassan, has already started a blog to raise awareness of CRTD-A's latest activities at www.new-crtda.blogspot.com.

2007 Arabic eCourse with participants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine

October 3, 2007

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The eCourse focuses on five themes from WLP’s seminal work, Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women: developing participatory and personal leadership skills; communicating persuasively; creating a shared vision; and mobilizing resources. Over the ten-week period, participants will complete reading and writing assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities.

Humanitarian Emergency in Lebanon

July 18, 2006

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Thanks to your very generous support and contributions, WLP partner, Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A), made its goal of $62,500! Your donations are being delivered in the form of relief kits by an extensive network of local women’s groups and volunteers to women housed in 105 public schools and IDP (internally displaced people) centers in Beirut, Saida, Metn, Jbail, Kesrwan, and Tripoli.

WLP and CRTD-A Convene Middle East-Gulf Regional Learning Institute for Women’s Leadership

November 21, 2005

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WLP convened the Institute to create an opportunity for women activists in the region to develop skills in participatory leadership, facilitation, communications, and advocacy, building their capacity as leaders. In a role play on communicating with the media, participants took on the role of guests in a TV talk show, defending contrasting points of view. "One should not treat interacting with the media as an exam, but simply as a means of getting across a message and building public support for your goals," said Moroccan partner Amina Lemrini.

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