Human Rights

The Women's Learning Partnership views women's rights to be fundamental human rights held by all women regardless of culture, class, or creed.

WLP strives to raise public awareness of, and mobilize international support for, human rights claims made by women in the Global South, particularly women in Muslim-majority societies. We aim to advance the cause of women’s human rights through advocacy work, mobilizing grassroots activists in support of women’s rights and bolstering partner organizations’ advocacy for policy and legislative change.

Human Rights Campaigns

In cooperation with our partner organizations, we engage in campaigns for women’s human rights, such as Claiming Equal Citizenship: The Campaign for Arab Women's Right to Nationality, Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign or Equality Without Reservation: Eliminating CEDAW Reservations in the Arab Region.

Human Rights Publications

As part of the WLP Translation Series, we publish unique advocacy tools for the advancement of women’s human rights, such as the Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb, which focuses on strategies for the reform of family law in Muslim-majority societies.

Human Rights Resources

To encourage cross-border solidarity and facilitate activists’ campaign research, we provide a collection of online resources with relevance to women’s human rights, including comparative information on family laws that affect the lives of women and girls in Muslim-majority societies.

Human Rights Alerts

WLP issues human rights alerts to raise awareness of urgent human rights challenges faced by our partner organizations, as well as to mobilize support for important campaigns.

Related Stories
March 28, 2018 | 2018 Events, csw, Human Rights, lifelines, India, Iran
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. 
March 23, 2018 | 2018 Events, Equality It's All in the Family, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Egypt, Nigeria
On International Women’s Day (IWD), Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) kicked off its global campaign against discriminatory family laws with its event, ‘24 Hours for Equality in the Family.’ Partners from eight different countries organized screenings of WLP’s new documentary, Equality: It’s All in the Family, and led discussions on reforming family laws in their respective countries.
February 2, 2018 | 2018 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law, Family Law Reform, gbv, Human Rights, International Women's Day, March 8th, Middle East
Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2018 with ‘24 Hours for Equality in the Family’ to launch our global advocacy campaign against discriminatory family law. Join activists in time zones around the world by watching our new documentary film, Equality: It’s All in the Family, to raise awareness of discriminatory family laws and pave the way for reform.
January 29, 2018 | abortion, Americas, Brazil, CEPIA, Human Rights, letter, Brazil
In response to a wave of regressive sentiment in Brazil's government, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Executive Director of WLP Brazil/CEPIA,  wrote a public letter speaking out against lawmakers pushing for anti-women policies. Pitanguy criticized a number of sexist measures that have been pushed through in recent months, noting in particular the vote on PEC 181/2015 in the House Special Committee, which prohibits abortion even in cases of rape, in cases of a fetus with anencephaly, and in circumstances where the woman's life is at risk.
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