What We Do

WLP’s work uses the programmatic strategies of (1) leadership and advocacy curriculum development, (2) training at the grassroots, national, and regional levels (3) strengthening civil society, and (4) women’s human rights advocacy and movement building.

WLP’s programmatic strategies are overlapping and mutually supportive, with the following objectives for each:

Curriculum Development: To create culture‐specific training and advocacy manuals that furnish grassroots activists in the Global South with materials to strengthen democracy activism, the women’s movement, and youth with materials in leadership, ICTs, political participation, organizational capacity building and evaluation, and advocacy for women’s human rights.

Training: To implement flexible and accessible participatory leadership training for an increasing number of civil society organizations and grassroots women so they can acquire the skills necessary to actively shape their future, assume leadership in their communities, and become activists committed to strengthening democracy and women’s rights.

Strengthening Civil Society: (1) To increase partner organizations’ capacity in strategic program implementation and evaluation, sustainable organizational development, ICTs, and mobilization and management of human and financial resources, to strengthen their ability to implement empowerment programs and foster women's agency in developing moderate, secular civil societies. (2) To build partners’ capacity to take collective action by providing them with opportunities to cooperate and deepen relationships among themselves and with other civil society organizations at the national and regional levels.

Women’s Human Rights Advocacy and Movement Building: (1) To mobilize women and youth at the grassroots to effect social change and legal reform for gender equitable societies. (2) To build and strengthen grassroots, national, and international networks that promote democratic governance and peace‐building and increase the capacity of marginalized, moderate civil society activists to effectively engage in prominent networks with opinion leaders, policy makers, and academics. (3) To increase accurate and timely coverage of women's rights and democracy issues by leveraging conventional and alternative media to raise awareness and engage a broad spectrum of individuals in constructive dialogue.

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December 21, 2017 | csw, CSW61, Human Rights, lifelines
On March 17, 2017, Women’s Learning Partnership hosted a parallel event to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) titled Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights. It was held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, convening notable women poets to read their original works to an audience of more than 100 people. The women spoke across ethnic, racial, and socio-economic divides on themes of exile, the process of healing, and peacebuilding.
December 21, 2017 | Africa, Human Rights, Morocco
On March 2, 2017, WLP Morocco/L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) convened a national seminar and sit-in outside Parliament in Rabat to demand gender equality in collective lands. The seminar provided a platform for Soulaliyate women “women of collective lands” to present to responsible authorities, journalists, and the public their demands and the difficulties they still face.
November 21, 2017 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Africa, Americas, Asia, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
From November 25 to December 10, 2017, WLP partners from all over the globe will organize and participate in workshops, film screenings, and events as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Since its inception in 1991, more than 5,000 organizations from over 180 countries have participated. This year's theme, Together We Can End GBV in Education, places a strong emphasis on the human rights framework in order to advocate for institutional and policy change that prevents and addresses GBV in education.  
November 17, 2017 | Article 308, Discriminatory Laws, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Middle East, Jordan
Until a few months ago, rapists in Jordan could escape criminal punishment if they married their victims. This past August, the Jordanian parliament repealed the loophole that permitted this injustice.  The abolishment of the law, known as Article 308 and called the "Marry Your Rapist Law" by human rights activists, is a significant step forward for Asma Khader, the Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J), and the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), who have been fighting for this day for decades.
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