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, 221 E 52nd Sreet, 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 the use of ICT in Lebanon.

Joy Ngwakwe of WLP Nigeria/CEADER to speak on challenges facing rural women in Nigeria.



Media and Women's Rights: The Double-edged Impact of Information Technology
March 16, 2018, 2:30 PM • Salvation Army, 221 E 52nd Street, 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 Women's Affairs Technical Committee (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), 777 United Nations Plaza, 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, the poet Abena Busia—Ghanaian Ambassador to Brazil, professor, and author of two poetry collections—will moderate the event.


Jamila Reddy, writer, multidisciplinary artist, and MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts.

Fatemeh Shams, Iranian poet and Persian Literature Professor at the University of Pennslyvania.

Michelle Yasmine Valladares, writer, filmmaker, and lecturer and director at the City College of New York.





Abena Busia




Arab Caucus Training

March 13, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM • Church Center (CCUN), 777 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (44th St. and First Avenue). 

Facilitated by Asma Khader, WLP Jordan/SIGI-J and attended by WLP MENA partners. (Note: Session is in Arabic.)


Arab Caucus Meeting

March 15, 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM • Armenian Convention Center, Guild Hall, 630 2nd Avenue

Led by Asma Khader, WLP Jordan/SIGI-J.  WLP MENA partners were among the many attendees. (Note: Session is in Arabic.)




Human Security Meeting

March 12 & 13, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM • Beekman Tower, 3 Mitchell Place, Conference Room

This series of closed meeting brings together WLP’s partners to discuss the development of a manual on the critical topic of human security.


Family Law Meeting

March 14, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM • Women’s Refugee Commission, 15 West 37th Street, (between 5th and 6th Avenue)

This closed experts meeting will convene leaders working on ending violence against women and reform of discriminatory laws. The input and knowledge shared during this gathering will inform the next phases of WLP’s global advocacy campaign on this issue, Equality Starts in the Family.


WLP will also be participating in:

UN Side Event organized by the Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs for Lebanon/National Commission for Lebanese Women, “Towards Transformative Empowerment: The Case of Rural Women in Lebanon”

March 12, 3:00 PM-4:14 PM • United Nations compound, Conference Room D


Ms. Inas Mekkawi – Director, Directorate of Women, Family and Children, League of Arab States
Dr. Samira Atallah – International Gender and Development Expert
Ms. Lina Abu Habib – Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership
Dr. Soukeina Bouraoui – Director, Center of Arab Women for Training and Research
Ms. Rania Al-Jazairi – Senior Gender Expert


UN Side Event organized by the International Peace Institute/GIWPS/Government of Norway

March 15, 1:00 PM- 2:45 PM • Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN), 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor

The International Peace Institute, the Government of Norway, and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS) will hold a panel discussion on advancing the measurement of women’s inclusion, justice, and security by linking the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index to WPS in practice.


H.E. Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Dr. Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security
Mr. Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women
Ms. Lina Abou Habib, Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership 



Parallel Event organized by femLINK, "Pacific Women Using Technology to Advance Agency, Advocacy, Capacity and Peace"

March 16, 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM • Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN), 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor

WLP Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib will be among panelists speaking on technology and advancing women’s rights.

UN Side Event organized by UNDEF, "Empowering Women Through Democratic Processes and Innovative Solutions"

March 22, 4:45 PM -6:00 PM • United Nations compound, Conference Room A

WLP Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib will be among six panelists speaking at this event for grantees to share experiences and knowledge addressing the role of women’s civil society organizations in strengthening respect for human rights.

Presentations by:

Annika Savill, Executive Head, UNDEF: Three minutes’ welcome and introduction  
Ambassador Tanmaya Lal, Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN
Ambassador Kelley Currie, U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs to the UN


Ms. Wairimu Njoya, Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, Williams College


Ms. Bhavani Rao, Director, Ammachi Labs, Amrita University
Mr. Monin Nong, Research Associate, Cambodia Development Resource Institute
Ms. Lina Abou Habib, Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership
Ms. Nehad Abul Komsan, Chair, The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights
Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre
Ms. Luisa Córdoba, Director of International Cooperation, TECHO: Empowering and Organizing Women Living in Slums






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