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eNews Issue 29 | Spring 2011

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Egypt Protest (cc) desmond leo
Headlines

Hope for a Revolution with a New Ending

WLP at the 55th Commission on the Status of Women


Notable News

The Partnership Goes to Morocco!

 

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Dear Friends,

We have witnessed extraordinary and unanticipated changes in our partner countries of the MENA regionchanges that will affect in one way or the other, not only the rest of our partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, but, in an increasingly interconnected world, everyone around the globe. It is a testament to the accuracy of our choice of focus that all that we witness relates closely to the themes and ideas that we worked on for the past decade. Questions that arise at this time: just what does freedom mean; what are its limits and parameters? What are the building blocks of a society that respects culture while being mindful that within it there are always a variety of cultural expressions, and that freedom for one cannot come without freedom for all? How do we ensure that in societies in quest of democracy, freedom of expression does not, at least at the outset, stifle women's equality and participation? These are issues that have been the focus of our work.

Our shared vision of a just society has united us. And now, as we prepare to meet at our annual meeting of our board and partners in Rabat, Morocco, we look forward to discussing together the challenges of change, and the urgency of expanding the reach of our programs to an ever larger and younger constituency. We look forward to our meeting with hope and optimism, yet we are mindful of the dangers posed to the egalitarian coalitions on which our hopes are based. We know that the future we seek can only be shaped by our efforts.

Mahnaz Afkhami
President & CEO
Women's Learning Partnership


Hope for a Revolution with a New Ending


As the world watched the remarkable political upheavals sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa, WLP partners on the ground shared their perspectives, fears and hopes in a series of articles posted to WLP's blog Our Vision & Our Voices.Tahrir Square, Cairo (cc) monasosh During one of the most intense days of government crackdown on the protesters, with internet shut down across the country, WLP spoke with Enas El Shafie, Executive Director of our partner in Egypt, Forum for Women in Development (FWID). Though anxious about the unknown days ahead, Enas expressed pride that her countrywomen and men were finally making their voices heard. WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib began a series of articles with a piece that recognized, even before the fall of the Mubarak regime, that Egyptian youth would settle for nothing less than a total transformation of the system. Lina followed this piece with interviews with two prominent Egyptian feminists, Amal Abdel Hadi and Amal Mahmoud, on their analysis of the unfolding events and their views on opposition strategies and government reactions.

While events in Tunisia and Egypt were sending shockwaves through the region, WLP Jordan/ SIGI/J General Coordinator Asma Khader met with the newly appointed Prime Minister to advocate for women's rights and greater freedom in the country and gave WLP a prompt update on the meeting. Saba Al-Asfoor, President of WLP Bahrain/ Bahrain Women's Association, reflected on her experience running for political office and the impact of women's participation in decision-making. After Egyptians voted on an important referendum on constitutional amendments, WLP spoke again with FWID Executive Director Enas El Shafie last week about the vote and the current environment in the country. Finally, in remembering the dashed hopes of Iranian women after the Islamic Revolution, WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami shared her hopes for a new kind of revolution in Egypt and new outcomes to the transitions throughout the regionoutcomes that can only result from women's full and early participation in shaping events.



WLP at the 55th Commission on the Status of Women, New York: Celebrating UN Women & Partner Panels


This February, WLP participated in the non-governmental events that took place parallel to the 55th Commission on the Status of Women in New York. One of the highlights was the launch of UN Women at the General Assembly hall on February 24, in which several WLP board members, partners, and staff participated.

WLP-International and two WLP partners also held parallel events at CSW this year. On February 26, over 500 women leaders from around the world convened for WLP's symposium, "Celebrating UN Women: The Way Forward,"at the New School for Social Research. The Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet opened the symposium by describing the areas of focus for the new entity and the challenges and opportunities it will be facing. The day-long program featured a series of panel discussions on the realities women face on the ground, and offered visions, hopes, and strategies for the new entity. WLP Bahrain/Bahrain Women Association (BWA) organized a panel discussion on new, egalitarian interpretations of women's rights in the Qoran, that will help support activists advocacy efforts for legislative reform. WLP Nigeria/BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights (BAOBAB) held a panel addressing fundamentalisms as barriers to women's political participation and leadership. Read more & See Video from "Celebrating UN Women."


Notable News


WLP is pleased and proud to share with you recent news about special recognition given to several partners and board members at the international level:

WLP Jordan/Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) General Coordinator Asma Khader has been chosen to serve on the three-member committee created by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate human rights violations in Libya.

Board members Thoraya Obaid and Zainah Anwar and board member and WLP Brazil/Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao e Açao (Cepia) Director Jacqueline Pitanguy were included in "Women Deliver 100," a list of prominent leaders whose work has had an impact at the global level

This month Sakena Yacoobi, President and Executive Director of WLP's partner in Afghanistan the Afghan Institute of Learning, was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame.

WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A) Director Lina Abou-Habib has been elected as the Board President for the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID).

Congratulations Thoraya, Zainah, Jacqueline, Asma, Sakena, and Lina!

Through the work of these women, and the work of all of our partnership, we know that change is happening, leading to women's empowerment, greater respect for women's human rights, and social justice for all.


The Partnership Goes to Morocco! WLP's 2011 Transnational Partners Convening, Rabat, Morocco


Women's Learning Partnership is currently preparing for our 2011 Transnational Partners Convening, to be held this May in Rabat, Morocco, and co-hosted by our Moroccan partner Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM). This annual convening is one of the major highlights of the Partnership's work each year. Held over the course of one week, it provides the opportunity for representatives from all of WLP's partner organizations, from Africa, Central and South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, to come together and share the successes, strategies and best practices from the past year, and to discuss ideas, strategies, plans and our shared vision for the year to come. This year's Convening will commence with a public event in which policy and non-governmental leaders from the Arab world will participate in discussions on women's roles in the political transformations taking place across the region. We anticipate vigorous and fruitful discussions that will result in innovative programs, build knowledge, and strengthen our ties and solidarity.

 

 

                                                           

 
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