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.

Alerts & Updates
July 2, 2015 | Advocacy, Africa, Human Rights, penal code, Stop Violence Against Women, Victories over Violence, Morocco
In response to the recent arrest of two Moroccan women for violating “public modesty” laws by wearing short skirts, WLP ‎Morocco‬/Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) along with other women's rights organizations convened a protest on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Rabat. Read more here (Arabic). ADFM also issued the below statement to demand that the Moroccan government take necessary measures to protect women’s personal choice of clothing.
June 25, 2015 | Human Rights, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Young & Emerging Leaders
WLP is proud to announce that Dr. Thoraya Obaid, Chair of WLP's Board of Directors and distinguished advocate for women's rights in Saudi Arabia and across the Global South, earned the 2015 United Nations Population Award in the individual laureate category. The award recognizes Dr. Obaid's outstanding commitment, vision, and leadership in promoting population issues and the rights of women, girls, and young people.
June 22, 2015 | Asia, Human Rights, Kyrgyzstan
In Kyrgyzstan, two bills that present formidable threats to civil society and constitutionally-protected liberties are currently under review by Parliament. Echoing Russia’s policies toward NGOs, the “foreign agents” bill aims to intensify government oversight of such organizations under the pretext of national security. This bill not only extends to public authorities the right to intervene in the internal affairs of any NGO that receives foreign funding, but also forces such organizations to register as “foreign agents” or otherwise cease to operate within Kyrgyzstan.
May 28, 2015 | Human Rights, International Women's Day, Middle East, Jordan
WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) commemorated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2015 with a series of marches and political actions throughout the country, and joined other Jordanian women’s rights and human rights organizations in calling for an end to laws and legal practices that discriminate against women. IWD is observed internationally on March 8 to highlight the current and historical struggles and achievements of women throughout the world.
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