Family Law Reform

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Women & the Politics of Change in the Middle East

October 8, 2009

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On the occasion of the
10th Anniversary of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)

and celebrating the
30th Anniversary of CEDAW

Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)
in cooperation with
Cultural Conversations, of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

presents:

Women & the Politics of Change in the Middle East

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 5-7 pm | Kenney Auditorium, SAIS, JHU | 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC (map)
Seats are limited. RSVP online or by email.

WLP Morocco/ADFM Sends Open Letter to New Head of Government Calling for Further Action to Advance Women's Equality

January 9, 2012

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To Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane Head of Government

We are pleased to address you, after your appointment by King Mohammed VI, as Head of the Government, wishing you every success in your mission. Read more1 »

WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami Testimony on Women & the Arab Spring to U.S. Senate

November 4, 2011

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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.

  Read more1 »

Constitutional reform in Jordan: progress and disappointments

October 27, 2011

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In response to demonstrations and protests taking place in Jordan beginning in January 2011, King Abdullah initiated a reform process this past spring focused on political and economic reform. As part of this process the King established a Royal Commission to review the Constitution and make recommendations for amendments. Read more1 »

Bahrain Women Association (BWA)

June 27, 2011

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Bahrain Women Association (BWA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women to actively participate in public life, and to maximize their contribution to Bahrain’s democratic transition. Through activities including training workshops and seminars, radio and television programs, advocacy campaigns and networking, BWA promotes active citizen participation among women. Officially established in 2001, the vision of BWA is "to empower leaders for the human development era." Read more1 »

Maghreb Region: Model Family Law

May 10, 2011

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One Hundred Measures and Provisions for an Egalitarian Codification of the Personal Status Codes

Source: Collectif 95 Maghreb-Egalité. 2005. Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb. Bethesda, MD: Women's Learning Partnership, pp. 169-203.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1: Personal status and family relationships shall be governed by the provisions of this Code. Read more1 »

Family Law Reform Resources

The lifetime impact of early marriage on decision-making in the household (UN Women)

Advocacy Resources

Legal and Comparative Transnational Resources

Soulaliyates, a step forward...

December 1, 2010

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On November 12th, 2010, Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) and Women Forum for Alternatives Morocco (FMAS) issued the statement: Soulaliyates, a step forward.... Prior to releasing the statement, ADFM had learned of the existence of a Ministry of Interior document that recognizes, henceforth, the right of women to enjoy compensation for collective lands transfers throughout Morocco on an equal footing with men. Convinced of the credibility of its sources, ADFM decided to produce the press release and called a press conference to raise public awareness on campaign developments, but also as a measure of pressure on the authorities to prevent any decline in this momentum.

Campaigns

WLP engages in a wide range of advocacy and networking activities in order to raise awareness about women's human rights issues, influence policymakers and public opinion, and increase the visibility and impact of our work for gender equality. Read more1 »

Family Law Reform

Family law in Muslim-majority societies governs every aspect of a woman's life - from minimum age and conditions of marriage, to divorce, child custody, and the right to work, travel, or decide on a place of residence.

At this time, advocacy work in the area of family law reform is mostly taking place at the national level. WLP is facilitating the exchange of information and awareness-raising among national partners. Read more1 »

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