Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence: A Global Campaign
Family law is one of the leading factors contributing to the justification of violence against women in developing societies. Often grounded in conservative interpretations of religious texts, these legal codes decrease the security and wellbeing of women and girls, and shield perpetrators from punishment.
Building on over a decade of work in this area, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is tackling the issue with a research-based advocacy project, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence. This global initiative, developed in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, will provide grassroots actors with resources and strategies to make change in their communities and societies.
Family law in Muslim-majority societies governs every aspect of a woman's life - from minimum age and conditions of marriage, to divorce, child custody, and the right to work, travel, or decide on a place of residence.
Components of the Project Include:
- Case studies. The project will work with local women’s groups across 11 countries and facilitate mutual learning about how citizens, activists, and lawmakers can work to reform discriminatory family laws and counter violence against women. The initial phase of the project will include case studies from the following countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, and Turkey. In each of these countries, WLP has had experience documenting and working to reform laws that impact women’s status and role in public and private life. The case studies will provide a basis for comparative analysis and a road map for a global advocacy effort.
- A documentary film. To build support for campaigns to end gender-based violence, WLP will produce a documentary film focused on the linkages between violence against women and family laws. It will feature personal stories about the impact of these laws on the lives and security of women, and will look at examples of past successful advocacy campaigns.
- An online law reform resource center. WLP will gather case studies, a corpus of laws, and other resources related to issues of women’s rights, family laws, and gender-based violence in an easily accessible online database. The collection will include multimedia resources by scholars and activists, and expert analysis of current and proposed legislation.
- Global and national advocacy campaigns. WLP will contribute to grassroots capacity building, allowing women to mobilize support, initiate legal reform, and transform cultural norms. WLP also will use its global network, consultative status at the United Nations, participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and relationships with other international organizations to establish a cohesive movement around the issue of gender-based violence.
The Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence project will become a powerful engine for collective advocacy against patriarchal violence. Using WLP’s unique curriculum, trainings, and capacity building models, grassroots women can address and amend the root causes of regressive legal codes that impact their lives.
This work is being carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.
February 7, 2017
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WLP partner organizations and affiliated civil-society groups from 11 countries are holding workshops on family law reform throughout early 2017. The content of these trainings will be based on research from case studies commissioned for WLP’s new global initiative, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence.
October 20, 2016
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Women’s Learning Partnership convened a Global Training of Trainers on October 5, 2016, following its 16th annual Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop focused on the development of curriculum for WLP’s new initiatives on women refugees and family law reform.
October 19, 2016
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Women’s Learning Partnership hosted its 16th Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland from October 1 through 4, 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from partner organizations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
March 28, 2016
Family Law Reform, Human Rights
Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) has undertaken a three-year research/advocacy project leading to a global campaign on reform of discriminatory laws against women in the family. The project will focus on the relationship between articles of the law and perpetration of violence against women and girls. The attached document describes the terms of reference for the eleven country case studies the results of which will contribute to developing strong advocacy methods for our global campaign. Applicants must have a graduate degree in a related field, extensive research experience, and good drafting skills in English. Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names of three professional references, and a writing sample in English to email@example.com by April 28, 2016. Please note: Candidates should also list the country in which they are based and the country or countries where they can carry out a case study from among the 11 countries listed in the terms of reference. The initial phase of the project will include case studies from the following 11 WLP partner countries: Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Senegal, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey, Iran, and Brazil, as well as an additional case study from India.