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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.
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.
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.
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) in cooperation with Social Research journal at The New School for Social Research presents
Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights Panel 1: Chaired by Frances Kissling, Speakers Thoraya Obaid and Yakin Ertürk When a society is structured only according to shared values, the result is social continuity and a culture of domination by one group over another, said Yakin Ertürk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. When values are in competition – as between parents and children, citizens and the state, men and women, and the state versus the international community – they create openings for change and a culture of protest. "The human rights framework provides tools for the women's movement that we have not fully utilized," she said.
Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights Panel 3: Chaired by Regan Ralph, Speakers Jacqueline Pitanguy, Asma Khader, and Eleanor Smeal Fighting for women’s human rights is fighting to save the planet and humanity itself, said Eleanor Smeal, founder and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and former president of the National Organization for Women. Moneyed interests are the real opposition to women’s rights, “because if you give full rights to half the population you have to pay them better.”
Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights Panel 4: Chaired by Carolyn Long, Speakers Pregs Govender (video), Marian Wright Edelman, and Mahnaz Afkhami
Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights Panel 1: Chaired by Frances Kissling, Speakers Thoraya Obaid and Yakin Ertürk When a society is structured only according to shared values, the result is social continuity and a culture of domination by one group over another, said Yakin Ertürk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. When values are in competition – as between parents and children, citizens and the state, men and women, and the state versus the international community – they create openings for change and a culture of protest. "The human rights framework provides tools for the women's movement that we have not fully utilized," she said.
Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights Panel 4: Chaired by Carolyn Long, Speakers Pregs Govender (video), Marian Wright Edelman, and Mahnaz Afkhami
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