Press Release: Women’s Learning Partnership Premieres New Documentary, 
Equality: It’s All in the Family



Women’s Learning Partnership Premieres New Documentary, 
Equality: It’s All in the Family

Bethesda, MD —Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) will screen its new documentary on family law reform, titled Equality: It’s All in the Family, on October 10, 2017. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. 

Equality: It’s All in the Family reveals the impact of discriminatory family laws—such as those that permit domestic violence, favor men in divorce proceedings, or place restrictions on reproductive rights—on women and societies around the world. 

The documentary features interviews with prominent women’s rights activists, including WLP President and Founder Mahnaz Afkhami. “Half of the population has not had its share of inclusion in achieving and shaping aspects of the world in which we live,” Afkhami says in the film. “We have to create a vision for the future that we want together--men and women--to make it work for everybody.”

After the screening, an international panel of experts will discuss the spectrum of family laws in different regions of the world and highlight the progress being made to reform them.

This event is just one component of WLP’s global advocacy project, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence.  This research-based initiative, developed in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre of Ottawa, Canada, will provide grassroots actors with resources and strategies to make change in their communities and societies. 

Click this link to register for the event. Light lunch is provided for registered participants during the Welcome Reception from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Event Details

Panelists to include:

Karima Bennoune (Algeria/USA), United Nations Special Rapporteur for cultural rights and author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fights Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Yakin Ertürk (Turkey), former United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women and author of Violence without Borders: Paradigm, Policies, and Praxis Concerning Violence Against Women

Ann E. Mayer (USA), Associate Professor Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and author of Islam and Human Rights

Joy Ngwakwe (Nigeria), Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Development Rights (CEADER)

Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil), Founder and Director of Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao e Açao (CEPIA)


Social media:

Twitter: @wlp1, #GenderEqualityInFamily

Facebook: @learningpartnership


Media Contact:

Emily Heimsoth, Program Associate for Communications and Advocacy

Phone: +1-301-654-2774

Email: eheimsoth[at]


About Women’s Learning Partnership

Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is comprised of 20 autonomous women’s rights organizations in the Global South dedicated to empowering women, strengthening civil society, and advancing democracy. Through curriculum development, transformative workshops, advocacy initiatives, and capacity-building activities, WLP partners equip individuals and organizations to become agents of change. The partnership promotes inclusive leadership, advances human rights, increases political participation, and helps develop robust democratic institutions using a sustainable, bottom-up approach. WLP’s program and training materials are published in more than 20 languages, reaching thousands of women in over 40 countries.  The WLP international secretariat, a registered non-profit organization, is located in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more at 

About Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) 

SAIS is a premier graduate school of international affairs. With permanent campuses across three continents and a curriculum strongly rooted in a study of international relations, economics, and regional studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS educates and prepares students to solve multifaceted, global challenges across sectors



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