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
December 23, 2014 | Film festival, Human Rights, Kyrgyzstan
 On October 7-11, 2014, following a Regional Bus Tour to 20 small cities and towns across Kyrgyzstan, WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino organized and facilitated the 8th Annual Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights in Bishkek. This year’s theme was “The Right to Development,” referring to the right of citizens of The Kyrgyz Republic to demand that their government take steps to fulfill its domestic and international human rights obligations, and to improve their quality of life. View photos on Bir Duino's facebook album here.
December 17, 2014 | Africa, Asia, Human Rights, Leading to Action, Middle East, 2014 eNews, Leading To Choices, Leadership, Egypt, India, Political Participation, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco
Leadership training in India, an activist convention in Egypt, and human rights movement building in Marrakesh... These are just a few of the exciting activities happening around the Partnership this fall.
December 16, 2014 | Human Rights, 2014 eNews, Organizational Capacity Building
 During the opening session of WLP’s October 2014 Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) meeting held in Potomac, Maryland, WLP Board Member and former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Yakın Ertürk made this statement. Dr. Ertürk’s statement was meant to frame some of the issues facing the WLP’s work and to guide discussions throughout the TPC. To read more on WLP’s 2014 TPC, please click here.
December 16, 2014 | Africa, Americas, Asia, Human Rights, Middle East, 2014 eNews
WLP submitted this written statement to the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The statement builds on discussions held at WLP’s 2014 Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) and highlights key issues currently facing our Partnership that will be discussed at WLP-hosted events at CSW59 in March 2015. WLP will hold a screening of our new film on human rights at the New School’s 12th St. Auditorium on March 10, 2015, from 6:30-8:30pm. We will share additional details on WLP’s and our partners’ activities at CSW when we have more information.
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