In the last two decades, 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 or 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.
Collective for Research and Training
on Development–Action (CRTD-A)
No amount of security, by itself, will save us from terrorism. What we need is to bring about change - real change. It has to come through education; it has to come through empowering people; it has to come through alleviating poverty. There are so many means of bringing knowledge to people, bringing a sense of oneness with the other, a sense of empathy. The answer is action, solidarity, and idealism.
— Mahnaz Afkhami, President, WLP
Founder & President
Women’s Learning Partnership
Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University
Founding Director & Senior Scholar
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Former member of the Council of Europe:
Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
Senator in the Parliament of Jordan
Secretary General of the Jordanian
National Commission for Women
Deputy Executive Director
Human Rights Watch
Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law
Former UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues
Member of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
Founder and President, CEPIA
Former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Brazil
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change
Former President of Ireland
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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’s Written Statement for the Women’s March on Washington Taking Place on January 21, 2017In 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.
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), the Collective for Research & Training on Development - Action (CRTD-A), and the Lebanese American University will host the Beirut launch of Violence without Borders: Paradigm, policy and praxis concerning violence against women on December 15, 2016 from 5:00pm-7:00pm Beirut (GMT+2). The launch features author Yakın Ertürk and a keynote address by the Dutch Ambassador to Lebanon. The discussion will be moderated by Asma Khader, President of Sisterhood is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI/J) and Lina Abou-Habib, Executive Director of WLP.
From November 25 to December 10, 2016, WLP partners from all over the globe will organize and participate in workshops, film screenings, and events as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Since its inception in 1991, this annual campaign has drawn more than 5,000 participants from over 180 countries. This year's theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, highlights violence as a barrier to women's and girls' education.