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Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) convened its 2005 Transnational Partners Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand from October 25-26, 2005, immediately preceding the 10th AWID International Forum. WLP partners from 13 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East attended. The focus of this strategy meeting was to further define the structure and identity of the WLP Partnership, and to strategize on ways to build our collective capacity and to ensure the future sustainability of our partnership model.
The Women's Learning Partnership's (WLP) Transnational Partners Meeting convened in Beirut, Lebanon from September 24-28, 2004. Partners from 12 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East gathered for an intensive five-day brainstorming and strategy meeting on 1) expanding the programs of the WLP Partnership for empowering women and girls through culturally relevant approaches to leadership development and capacity-building and 2) strengthening and expanding linkages within the Partnership. The meeting was hosted by WLP's Lebanese partner, Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A). During the meeting, partners exchanged best practices on enhancing women's leadership capacity at the grassroots, planned new programs and curricula for future development, and strategized on ways to strengthen the Partnership.
On April 10-11 in Jakarta, Indonesia, WLP held its 2010 Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) with partners from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, prior to the World Movement for Democracy's Sixth Assembly. WLP partners shared strategies for enhancing the Partnership's work in political participation, ending violence against women, our peer-to-peer mentoring and exchange program, and advocacy campaigns, in light of challenges such as increasing extremism, restrictive NGO laws, and a challenging funding landscape.
From August 30th to September 4th, WLP’s partners from Afghanistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, and Palestine gathered in Potomac, Maryland, for a Strategic Planning and Capacity Building Institute. This six-day program provided opportunities for a rich dialogue addressing partners’ expectations and experiences in implementing WLP’s participatory leadership methodology through trainings, advocacy, and organizational development. During the Institute, participants co-created a draft curriculum for organizational strategic planning and capacity building, developed a timetable for carrying out this strategic planning process with individual partner organizations, and undertook an intensive review of WLP's Leading to Choices curriculum and trainings after eight years of its implementation.
In June, Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) partners gathered at the beautiful Mediterranean seaside resort of Antalya, Turkey for our annual transnational partners meeting. The thirty-five grassroots women's rights activists from fifteen countries met to discuss how to strengthen the international women's movement by building the capacity of women's NGOs, how to increase opportunities for women's political leadership, and how to counter the "clash of civilizations" paradigm by building cultures of dialogue and tolerance.
2005-2006 has been a challenging year for WLP partners. Increasing insecurity due to wars and conflict in Lebanon and Palestine; rising extremism and fundamentalism in Afghanistan, Jordan, and Morocco; growing authoritarianism in political governance in Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe; and increasingly restrictive NGO legislation in Egypt are a few examples of the complex environments in which partner organizations are working to empower women.
Once women come to realize that they can have a say and that working together brings power, countless ideas and civic organizations come about, said exiled former Iranian Minister Mahnaz Afkhami during an international meeting of non-governmental organizations to discuss the empowerment of women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
HOSTED BY The School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with The Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University PRESENTERS Charlotte Bunch - Ayesha Imam - Kumi Naidoo - Aruna Rao
  Rural women in Morocco have been excluded from transactions of their ancestral land. WLP’s partner in Morocco, l’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), seeks to change that by leading the Soulaliyate grassroots movement for land ownership reform.
Women’s Learning Partnership convened a Global Training of Trainers on October 5, 2016, following its 16th annual Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop focused on the development of curriculum for WLP’s new initiatives on women refugees and family law reform.  
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