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The Arab Spring and AfterDear Friends,After days of violent demonstrations aimed at reclaiming the revolution, Egyptians went to the polls last week to vote for a new parliament. Preliminary reports favor the Muslim Brotherhood and related groups. The previous week, conservative Islamic groups won a resounding victory in Morocco's elections, and in October, Ennahda, Tunisia's Islamist party won a clear victory. In all three countries, groups referencing Islam take positions of moderation, pointing to Islam as a set of values, rather than a set of laws, and posit themselves as the opposite of the regimes they replace. They are opaque on specifics and use words that can be defined in multiple ways.Though sometimes, the intentions slip out, such as when Mr. Hamadi Jebeli, Secretary General of Tunisia's Ennahda says, "God willing, we are entering the sixth caliphate." Or when the head of the transitional council of Libya calls for liberalization of polygamy laws. The political process is now dominated by the organized, well-networked Islamists.However, WLP partners in our recent meeting were adamant about their optimism for the future.
The following is WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami's written testimony for the hearing on Women and the Arab Spring to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operation and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues and Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Central Asia Affairs. Thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony on the state of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa during this critical time of transition. 
WLP and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars present:Panel One: Perspectives From The Region Panel Two: The Arab Spring: Influences and Outcomes
On September 16, 2011, WLP partners and board members from all over the world convened for our annual Transnational Partners Convening.  Thirty-one participants flew in from Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. Nearly all of our partners sent more than one representative, including senior program staff, to ensure wide-ranging conversations with varied perspectives, as well as to create opportunities for capacity building. 
WLP in partnership with The Center for Public Scolarship & Gender Studies Program at The New School Presents Celebrating UN Women: The Way Forward February 26, 2011 We will celebrate the establishment of UN Women. Women leaders from across the globe will provide insight into the challenges women face on the ground and offer visions, hopes, and strategies for the new entity.
Bahrain Women Association for Human Development invites you to attend Innovative concepts and solutions to tackle controversial issues on Women's status in the Islamic culture. Friday, February 25 2011 Church Center for the United Nations
BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights views women’s public and political participation as critical towards reshaping the economic, political, and social landscape to allow for equality in opportunities for both women and men. We envision a society devoid of fundamentalisms of any kind where women’s human rights becomes an integral part of everyday life. We know that this can only happen with the active participation and inclusion of women in all spheres of development, for their own good and the good of society.
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