Iran

Attempts to Persecute Human Rights Defender Mehrangiz Kar by Silencing Her Husband

June 19, 2006

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Mehrangiz Kar, journalist and Iranian women's rights activist, who was jailed in April 2000 for her writings and speeches on women's rights, was allowed to leave Iran for medical treatment for breast cancer in fall 2001. After she arrived in the United States, her husband, journalist Siamak Pourzand, was disappeared. He was brought to the phone a number of times to call Mehrangiz and their daughters Leila and Azadeh to pass on the message that they must refrain from speaking on his behalf and must avoid contact with the media.

WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iranian American Women Foundation

May 23, 2018

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Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) Founder and President Mahnaz Afkhami was honored with the Shirzan Award for life-long leadership and community involvement at the 16th Annual Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) Conference on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles.

WLP's Lifelines Event Connects Poetry and Human Rights at the 2018 CSW

March 28, 2018

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For nearly two decades, WLP's Lifelines has brought together writers and poets to read original works about human rights. Four talented poets recited poems relating to themes of exile, rebirth, and love at this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

 

Equality Starts in the Family Campaign

 

Women's Learning Partnership is spearheading a global campaign--Equality Starts in the Family--to reform discriminatory familys laws around the world. These laws limit the freedom of millions of women and girls and perpetuate the violence they experience. 

Examples of discriminatory family laws include those that:

WLP Spotlights Empowerment through Leadership at Annual Global Meeting

November 2, 2017

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Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) gathered representatives from its grassroots women's rights organizations around the world for the Transnational Partnership Convening (TPC) in Potomac, Maryland. This annual meeting brings together leaders and activists that comprise the Partnership to share ideas, plan for future initiatives, and review the successes and challenges of the past year. The event facilitates knowledge sharing and builds solidarity among advocates of the global women’s movement.

WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women's Movement

WLP's Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement records the narratives of prominent and grassroots women’s rights activists and documents the experiences and eye-witness accounts of individuals who have worked across religions, cultures, and regions to advance the global women’s movement.

Family Law Reform Workshops Underway in 11 Countries

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. 

Women's Learning Partnership Statement for the Women’s March on Washington Taking Place January 21, 2017

January 17, 2017

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Women’s Learning Partnership’s Written Statement for the Women’s March on Washington Taking Place on January 21, 2017

In every aspect of her life, a woman's autonomy, freedom, and opportunities are shaped by the degree to which her nation's laws uphold gender equality, and which cultural practices limit her ability to participate in decision making at the family, national and country levels.

Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey

Since 9/11, the international emphasis on military-centered security has given rise to unprecedented challenges for human rights defenders. The push for “hard security” has increasingly taken priority over human rights protections at all levels of governance and policy making. This approach has failed to promote peace or guarantee individual safety and national security. Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey chronicles the history of the human rights movement and explores the need for a holistic understanding of universal human rights. It presents a compelling case on why human rights should be placed at the center of national and international policy making.

C20 Summit Brings WLP Turkey, Leading Civil Society Activists Together for Economic Agenda-setting

September 29, 2015

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More than 500 participants from 52 countries convened at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University for the annual Civil Society 20 (C20) Summit on September 15-16, 2015. The WLP Partnership was well-represented at the summit.

 

 

 

 


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