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.
April 27, 2016
Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Leadership, Political Participation, Young & Emerging Leaders
It is my pleasure to share with you Women’s Learning Partnership’s Spring 2016 Newsletter: The World We Seek. In this issue, we highlight our participation at this year's Women Deliver in Copenhagen, and our exciting conversations with UN Women on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and establish a new vision for the global women's movement. We feature five trailblazing initiatives developed at WLP's Institutes for Millennials and Peacebuilding. You will also read the reflections of women from Armenia to Georgia to Ukraine on what it means to them to join a women’s democracy network. Experts brought powerful evidence of the link between discriminatory family laws and violence against women to the launch of our Global Campaign on family law reform at the United Nations 60th Commission on the Status of Women. We witnessed the power of words to change lives at Life Lines: The Poetry of Human Rights, which we co-sponsored with Black Lives Matter and the African Women’s Development Fund in New York. We look forward with great optimism and enthusiasm to the work ahead of us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
March 14, 2016
2016 Events, Family Law Reform, Human Rights
At CSW60 this March, WLP intends to approach the review theme of elimination and prevention of violence against women from an innovative angle. Around the world, women are impacted by gender-related legislation that determines their right to marry, travel, hold a job, choose their place of residence, or make decisions about their children’s rights. WLP will present the research and solutions of scholars and activists who have witnessed the connection between these laws as practiced in parts of the Global South and violence against women. The session will discuss the cultural, traditional, and religious foundations of these laws and demonstrate that legal reform is directly related to ending violence against women. Panelists will share challenges and best practices in legal reform from their countries and discuss next steps for the 2015-2030 agenda.
February 29, 2016
2016, 2016 Events, csw, Human Rights, new york
Lifelines are women's voices cast across divides to convey understanding and appreciation for the pain of exile, torture, violence and war, and the possibility of starting afresh, of healing, safety, and peace. On Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:30am at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York, six poet-activists presented powerful readings and performances, facilitated by acclaimed Ghanaian-American poet and academic Abena Busia. Presented by WOMEN’S LEARNING PARTNERSHIP in collaboration with the AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND USA and BLACK LIVES MATTER.