WLP Events at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)


Women’s Learning Partnership will be hosting three parallel events during the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. All events are free and open to the public. Click here to download the events flyer.


Investing in Rural Women's Leadership: A Solution to Counter Marginalization
March 13, 2018, 2:30 PM • Salvation Army, downstairs
Hosted by WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research & Training on Development – Action (CRTD-A) 

Women and girls bear the brunt of development failures and suffer most from the absence of infrastructure in rural areas, compounded by the impact of traditional gender roles, constrained mobility, discriminatory laws, and limited access to education. Panelists from the Middle East and Africa will argue that investing in and nurturing leadership and collective action among rural women have the ability to bring about changes in women's positions, increase access to services, increase access to and control over land, and bring women to decision-making circles to address endemic crises in rural areas.


Aziza Abemba of WLP Zimbabwe/WSPM to speak on income generating initiatives as an entry point to rural women organising for change in Zimbabwe.

Julie Cisse of WLP Senegal/GIPS/WAR to speak on the experience of the "World moves with women campaign" in fighting the nefarious impacts of climate change.

Gocken Durutas of WLP Turkey/KEDV to speak on the women cooperatives model and its outreach to Syrian women refugees.

Aziza Khalidi of WLP-Lebanon/CRTD.A to speak on rural women's traditional knowledge as key to a rational use of natural resources in Lebanon.



Media and Women's Rights: The Double-edged Impact of Information Technology
March 16, 2018, 2:30 PM • Salvation Army, downstairs
Hosted by WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J)

While women's rights activists and women human rights defenders have used both traditional media and new digital technologies to expand the outreach of their messages, these two conduits remain laden with misogyny and continue to be exploited as tools to intimidate, harass, threaten, and silence women. This panel will share effective practices in using media and IT, discuss how to advocate for laws that criminalize gender-based violence and discrimination perpetrated through technology, and highlight strategies to ensure media does not reproduce inequalities.


Amina Lemrini, formerly of WLP Morocco/ADFM and current chair of Moroccan higher commission for audio visual, to speak on legislating for a gender aware and gender sensitive media in Morocco. 

Soraida Hussein of WLP Palestine/WATC to speak on using TV and radio to spread influence and  transform community mindsets and gender roles in Palestine.

Asma Khader, former Minister of Information, former Senator, and Founder of WLP Jordan/SIGI-J, to speak on the implications of a feminist in charge of the nation's information apparatus.



Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights
March 20, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN), Chapel
Hosted by Women’s Learning Partnership

Since 2003, WLP’s Lifelines series has linked poetry and prose to the struggle of realizing women’s human rights. Featuring readings by leading women poets, the event connects the listener to testimonies that inspire and build solidarity among feminist activists everywhere. As in years past, Abena Busia—Ghanaian Ambassador to Brazil, professor, and author of two poetry collections—will moderate the event.




  Abena Busia





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