WLP’s Global Partners Gather for Annual Strategic Meeting



 Thency Gunasekaran from Malaysia Partner AWAM leads an exercise on participatory leadership. 
Thency Gunasekaran from Malaysia Partner AWAM leads an exercise on participatory leadership. 
 Members of Women's Learning Partnership settle in for the day's sessions. 
 Members of Women's Learning Partnership settle in for the day's sessions. (From left to right) WLP Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib, Samira Bikarden and Khadija Oueldammou from ADFM (Morocco), Global Trainer Samah Helmy (Egypt), Rabeea Hadi from Aurat Foundation (Pakistan), and Gulnara Karakulova from SWRC (Kazakhstan). 

Women’s Learning Partnership hosted its 16th Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland from October 1 through 4, 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from partner organizations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

The annual TPC is an opportunity for members of the partnership to review organizational achievements from the previous year and collaborate on future initiatives. Board members offered insight into the state of women’s rights around the world, and representatives from partner organizations discussed the challenges they encountered in the course of their work. Attendees also shared successful advocacy strategies from their respective countries, provided input on WLP’s training materials, and contributed ideas for the partnership’s forthcoming programs and events.

Significant portions of the TPC were dedicated to the topic of WLP’s two newest endeavors: family law reform and the empowerment of refugee women. In many countries, acts of gender-based violence and discrimination are committed without legal repercussion because of gendered legislation that undermines women's rights. WLP’s family law reform initiative is developing case studies and a global advocacy campaign so that activists have tools to challenge the legality of these practices. 

WLP’s refugee project is creating curriculum and workshops designed for women displaced by the conflict in Syria. The workshops will take place in refugee camps and communities, empowering women through leadership training and providing them with skills on how to navigate the local justice system. As a result, refugee women will be able to confidently participate in decision-making processes that affect themselves and their families.

The TPC agenda also included the presentation and testing of WLP’s new training manuals, Leading to a Culture of Democracy, Beyond Equality, and Leading to Compassion.

Going forward, members of Women’s Learning Partnership will apply the insights from this year’s TPC to their work in women’s rights promotion. "I have really enjoyed the TPC with its diverse and dynamic in-depth discussions," said Samah Helmy from WLP's global training team. "The presence of each and every one helped to make TPC a great success."



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