What We Do

Representing over half of the world's population, women are crucial, but still often overlooked representatives of their families, communities, and cultures in achieving a fully informed, engaged, and democratic electorate. With a number of upcoming national and municipal elections taking place around the world, we hope to continue to celebrate and build upon recent breakthroughs, ranging from the record percentage of women now serving in Rwanda's parliament to the 2009 election of four women into the parliament of Kuwait--the first women to accomplish this.
WLP organizes a series of panels including "Inclusive Democracy: Women and Men Working Together to Ensure the Promises of Democracy", "Towards 2020: Strategies for Realizing Democracy", technology training sessions and the fourth convening of the International Women's Democracy Network.
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.
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. 
Twenty-five participants from thirteen municipalities in Brazil attended a Training of Trainers (TOT) Institute organized by WLP’s Brazil partner CEPIA in Rio de Janeiro in July 2016. The training aimed to raise awareness and motivate women to take action on women's rights issues including violence, reproductive health, and political involvement.
AFCF, WLP’s partner in Mauritania, conducted leadership trainings for female elected officials during March and April of 2016. Twenty-five women policymakers participated in total—ten parliamentarians from the capital of Nouakchott and 15 others representing various municipalities in the country.  
ADFM, WLP’s partner in Morocco, hosted a series of workshops throughout the spring of 2016 designed to provide local activists with relevant skills and knowledge for women’s rights and activism.  
Women’s rights experts from 11 Central Asian countries convened in Kazakhstan for a regional Training of Trainers hosted by WLP in February 2016. The participants discussed themes of leadership, democracy building, gender-based violence, and human rights advocacy.  
WSPM, WLP’s partner in Zimbabwe, hosted a National Training of Trainers on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation for activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March 2016.   
Although the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for gender balance in decision-making and power, many women and girls are still unaware of their rights and how to exercise them. In response, WLP’s partner in Zimbabwe, Women’s Self-Promotion Movement (WSPM), convened 24 participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Women’s NGOs, academics and professional women to discuss how they can transform power relations in all spheres of life.
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