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Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) will increase Syrian refugee women’s ability to create positive change for their communities through the Participation and Empowerment of Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan and Lebanon project, funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The initiative will work with individual Syrian women and with local organizations providing services to them.
In October, WLP organized two panel discussions in Washington, D.C. to reflect upon the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the ten-year anniversary of WLP, and the launch of Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story, the latest volume in WLP's Translation Series.
Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2018 with ‘24 Hours for Equality in the Family’ to launch our global advocacy campaign against discriminatory family law. Join activists in time zones around the world by watching our new documentary film, Equality: It’s All in the Family, to raise awareness of discriminatory family laws and pave the way for reform.
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. 
From November 25 to December 10, 2017, 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, more than 5,000 organizations from over 180 countries have participated. This year's theme, Together We Can End GBV in Education, places a strong emphasis on the human rights framework in order to advocate for institutional and policy change that prevents and addresses GBV in education.  
Until a few months ago, rapists in Jordan could escape criminal punishment if they married their victims. This past August, the Jordanian parliament repealed the loophole that permitted this injustice.  The abolishment of the law, known as Article 308 and called the "Marry Your Rapist Law" by human rights activists, is a significant step forward for Asma Khader, the Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J), and the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), who have been fighting for this day for decades.
 WLP Lebanon conducted capacity building and leadership workshops for Syrian women refugees in March, April, July, and August 2017 as part of the Empowering Syrian Refugee Women for a Better Future project. The workshops use WLP’s inclusive leadership model to engage participants in activities that challenge the identity of “refugee,” helping them to transition from a state of trauma to a state of empowerment and engagement with their communities.
Women’s Learning Partnership will be hosting two parallel events during the 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Expert panelists will discuss empowering Syrian refugee women, and leading women poets will present readings on violence and peace. 
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. 
WLP’s Jordan partner Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) organized forty-six NGOs and networks to monitor women's roles and participation in the September 2016 parliamentary elections. Over 1,000 volunteers, 60 percent of which were female, attended trainings and received guidance from SIGI/J. Volunteers monitored election committees, candidates, and campaigns with a gender-sensitive perspective, tracking the involvement of women at every level. 
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