Speaker Biographies Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) is Founder and President of Women's Learning Partnership, Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies, and former Minister of State for Women's Affairs in Iran. She serves on advisory boards for a number of organizations including the International League for Human Rights, Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, and World Movement for Democracy. Her numerous publications include manuals on human rights education for Muslim women, eliminating violence against women, and participatory leadership that have been translated into 12 languages and are being used throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Article International Leaders Prioritize Human Security at WLP Conference "Clash or Consensus" Washington DC- More than 250 activists, academics, policy-makers, and organizational and religious leaders from over 20 countries gathered at WLP's human security conference, "Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World" on October 8-9. Organized in collaboration with the Global Fund for Women, the conference provided a forum for women leaders and human security experts from the Global South- particularly from Muslim societies- to explore ways to discuss and define human security goals and challenges from a perspective that is people-centered.
Facilitators: Suheir Azzouni and Nancy Flowers Co-organizers: Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) The 2003 course has concluded.READ the report of the course (PDF, 947 KB). This innovative distance learning course on developing participatory leadership skills is intended for leaders, activists, and staff of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in promoting human rights and equitable societies.
Washington DC WLP in Collaboration with: the Center for Global Peace at American University Participants: Nathalie Handal, Azar Nafisi, Sonia Sanchez, and Reetika Vazirani.
WLP convened the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership from December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan. Thirty women leaders from eleven Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, and Yemen took part in the week-long Institute for training of trainers.
October 8-9, 2003: The conference provided a forum for women leaders and human security experts from the Global South, particularly from Muslim societies, to come together to discuss and strategize on ways to advance human security around the world. In this conference, human security was rethought from an exclusive concern with the security of the state to include a holistic concern with the security of the people. WLP's conference advanced this new vision of human security by analyzing human security issues from a gender perspective, and exploring ways to implement human security goals including conflict prevention, sustainable development, gender equity, and strong civil societies that promote democratic processes.
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