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Young Pakistani Girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fight for their Rights, Despite Obstacles

Young Pakistani Girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fight for their Rights, Despite Obstacles

By Saba Ismail, Aware Girls Executive Director and National Endowment for Democracy Hurford Youth Fellow at the World Youth Movement for Democracy   Aware...

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Happy International Women’s Day! Watch IWDN Secretariat’s New Documentary on the Backlash Against Women’s Rights Following the Arab Spring

Happy International Women’s Day! Watch IWDN Secretariat’s New Documentary on the Backlash Against Women’s Rights Following the Arab Spring

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Women’s Learning Partnership, the International Women’s Democracy Network Secretariat, is pleased to...

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IWDN Coordinator Presents on Women, Tech, and Democracy Panel During Social Media Week

IWDN Coordinator Presents on Women, Tech, and Democracy Panel During Social Media Week

On February 19, 2013, as Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) Program Associate and the International Women’s Democracy Network Coordinator, I spoke on the panel,...

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Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide To Promote Women’s Political Participation (NDI and UNDP Publication)

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide To Promote Women’s Political Participation (NDI and UNDP Publication)

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide To Promote Women’s Political Participation, a  National Democratic Institute and...

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Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Uganda: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Uganda: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

By Perry Aritua, Executive Director,Women’s Democracy Network Uganda Country Chapter, Uganda An abbreviated version of this presentation was delivered during the fifth...

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IWDN Member Beth Davis Interviews Guatemalan Women’s Rights Activist on Women’s Empowerment

IWDN Member Beth Davis Interviews Guatemalan Women’s Rights Activist on Women’s Empowerment

International Women’s Democracy Network member Beth Davis interviews Guatemalan women’s rights activist Mildre Yaxon, of Oxlajuj B’atz’, or Thirteen...

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Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

By Mma Odi, Executive Director, BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights, Nigeria An abbreviated version of this presentation was delivered during the fifth convening of...

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Democratic Transitions and the Inclusion of Women—Perspectives from the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America

Democratic Transitions and the Inclusion of Women—Perspectives from the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America

Topical Workshop:  Democratic Transitions and the Inclusion of Women—Perspectives from the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Session...

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IWDN Fifth General Assembly

IWDN Fifth General Assembly

Functional workshop: Realizing the Vision of the International Women’s Democracy Network (IWDN) October 15, 2012 IWDN Session, World Movement for Democracy, Lima,...

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Advocacy

Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign Launches new Newsletter

Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign Launches new Newsletter

The Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign is pleased to introduce the “zero” issue of its new Nationality Newsletter. The Nationality Newsletter...

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Time for Formal Legal Status: An Update on Women’s Rights to Collective Lands in Morocco

Photo by Abdelhak Senna/Getty Following five years of mobilization by women of collective lands (Soulaliyates)...

 
 
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The Reform of the Nationality Law in Lebanon: One step forward, ten steps backward

Nationality Campaign Sit-in, Beirut, April 3. Photo by Alya AwadaBreaking news from the Claiming Equal...

 
 
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Women and the right to collective lands in Morocco: Video of the Soulaliyate Experience

Background: Collective lands represent the highest concentration of available land and natural resource...

 
 
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Morocco protest against rape-marriage law (BBC News)

The BBC reports: Several hundred women’s rights activists have demonstrated outside Morocco’s...

 
 
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Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story

Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story is the second volume...

 
 
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Empowerment & Skills

Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women’s Empowerment (IDLO Publication)

Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women’s Empowerment (IDLO Publication)

Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women’s Empowerment, a report by the International Development Law Organization, covers Accessing...

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IWDN Member Beth Davis Interviews Guatemalan Women’s Rights Activist on Women’s Empowerment

International Women’s Democracy Network member Beth Davis interviews Guatemalan women’s rights...

 
 

WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A Kicks Off New Trainings

WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A kicks off new round of Leadership and Political Participation training for women...

 
 
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Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women

Women’s Learning Partnership’s Leading to Choices is based on a conceptualization of leadership...

 
 
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Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for Women

Women Learning Partnership’s latest publication, Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook...

 
 

The myth of evil women in power: when the media participates in the demonization of women

Blue and Purple Witches (cc) Alkelda My colleagues at WLP shared this disturbing reminder of the common...

 
 
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Human Rights

Women and the right to collective lands in Morocco: Video of the Soulaliyate Experience

Women and the right to collective lands in Morocco: Video of the Soulaliyate Experience

Background: Collective lands represent the highest concentration of available land and natural resource reserves in Morocco. Morocco’s collective lands historically belong to...

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Campaign aims to issue national IDs for 2 million Egyptian women (thedailynewsegypt.com)

thedailynewsegypt.com reports: CAIRO: A national campaign to issue national IDs for 2 million Egyptian...

 
 
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Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb

The first in Women’s Learning Partnership’s Translation Series, Guide to Equality in the...

 
 
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UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice

The UN recently released Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice, which outlines ten...

 
 

The myth of evil women in power: when the media participates in the demonization of women

Blue and Purple Witches (cc) Alkelda My colleagues at WLP shared this disturbing reminder of the common...

 
 
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Women’s Rights and the Arab Spring: Middle East/North Africa Overview and Fact Sheet

WLP, IWDN’s Secretariat, presented this fact sheet on women’s rights and the Arab Spring...

 
 
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Legislation & Rule of Law

The Nationality Campaign Demands the Ministerial Commission to be Transparent

The Nationality Campaign Demands the Ministerial Commission to be Transparent

***September 10, 2012 Press Release by the Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign, Lebanon*** The Nationality Campaigns welcomes the holding of the first meeting...

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Lebanese Cabinet issues draft law to reinstate Lebanese nationality to descendants of Lebanese fathers and grandfathers…only

The Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign is supported by WLP, IWDN’s Secretariat. The Lebanese...

 
 
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Constitutional reform in Jordan: progress and disappointments

In response to demonstrations and protests taking place in Jordan beginning in January 2011, King Abdullah...

 
 

Rwanda: Women Hold Up Half the Parliament

Rwanda: Women Hold Up Half the Parliament Prepared by Elizabeth Powley The adoption of special measures...

 
 

Gender Quotas

Gender Quotas – A Key to Equality? A Case Study of Iraq and Afghanistan By Drude Dahkerup and Anja...

 
 

Electoral Systems and Quotas

ELECTORAL SYSTEMS | QUOTAS ELECTORAL SYSTEMS North America: USA Explaining Women’s Representation:...

 
 
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Political Participation & Quotas

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide To Promote Women’s Political Participation (NDI and UNDP Publication)

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide To Promote Women’s Political Participation (NDI and UNDP Publication)

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Good Practices Guide To Promote Women’s Political Participation, a  National Democratic Institute and...

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Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Uganda: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

By Perry Aritua, Executive Director,Women’s Democracy Network Uganda Country Chapter, Uganda An abbreviated...

 
 
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Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

By Mma Odi, Executive Director, BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights, Nigeria An abbreviated version of...

 
 
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‘I have the courage to be president’ says Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi, Photo by JPaingAlthough the 2015 general election is still three years away, National...

 
 
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Egypt orgs call on SCAF to allocate 30 percent of Constituent Assembly for women (bikyamasr)

bikyamasr reports: CAIRO: The, which is made up of 450 associations and NGOs, sent a letter to the ruling...

 
 
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National Action Party of Mexico Selects First Woman Presidential Candidate (BBC News)

The BBC reports: Mexico’s governing conservative party has for the first time selected a woman...

 
 
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Conflict & Transitions

Happy International Women’s Day! Watch IWDN Secretariat’s New Documentary on the Backlash Against Women’s Rights Following the Arab Spring

Happy International Women’s Day! Watch IWDN Secretariat’s New Documentary on the Backlash Against Women’s Rights Following the Arab Spring

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Women’s Learning Partnership, the International Women’s Democracy Network Secretariat, is pleased to...

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Session on Advancing Women's Rights During Democratic Transitions, World Movement for Democracy, Lima, Peru, October 2012

Democratic Transitions and the Inclusion of Women—Perspectives from the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America

Topical Workshop:  Democratic Transitions and the Inclusion of Women—Perspectives from the Middle...

 
 
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IWDN Fifth General Assembly

Functional workshop: Realizing the Vision of the International Women’s Democracy Network (IWDN) October...

 
 
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‘I have the courage to be president’ says Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi, Photo by JPaingAlthough the 2015 general election is still three years away, National...

 
 
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Strategizing for Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the MENA Region

In April 2012, Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) published...

 
 
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Women’s Rights in Transitions to Democracy: Achieving Rights, Resisting Backlash

Summary of challenges and strategies discussed in the pre-AWID Forum and the subsequent strategy meetings By...

 
 
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Youth

Young Pakistani Girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fight for their Rights, Despite Obstacles

Young Pakistani Girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fight for their Rights, Despite Obstacles

By Saba Ismail, Aware Girls Executive Director and National Endowment for Democracy Hurford Youth Fellow at the World Youth Movement for Democracy   Aware...

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Making Political Activism Go Viral in Morocco

Written by Abdul Khan, WLP’s Director of Techology.  WLP is IWDN’s Secretariat. I recently...

 
 
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Nigeria’s BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights Holds Political Education Training for Young Women

BAOBAB serves as IWDN’s Regional Focal Point in Africa. On February 7-13, 2011, BAOBAB for Women’s...

 
 
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Young Ukrainian Female Democracy Activist Speaks Out

WLP, IWDN’s Secretariat, spoke with young democracy activists,  of Ukraine. Ms. Prykhodko is...

 
 

Success Stories of Local Leaders: Rana

Rana was married before the age of 15. She found herself wearing the wedding dress and sitting on the...

 
 
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Lebanese Women’s Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship Campaign Holds Record-breaking Sit-in

This November theLebanese Women’s Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship Campaign, led by WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A, realized important new achievements in its mobilization efforts, including record-breaking numbers of protestors in its November 25 sit-in. The Campaign, started by CRTD.A in 2011, seeks reform of the country’s discriminatory nationality laws, which prevent women from passing on their [...]

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Beyond Revolution: The Future of Women’s Rights and Democracy in the Middle East-North Africa

On October 22, 2013, WLP, in partnership with Cultural Conversations of the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, held the event “Beyond Revolution: The Future of Women’s Rights and Democracy in the Middle East-North Africa.” The event commenced with opening remarks by Azar Nafisi, Executive Director of Cultural Conversations, who [...]

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A Call from the Arab Caucus at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women

**WLP joins partner organizations and others in the MENA region, and those from outside the region standing in solidarity for women’s full human rights, including the right to be free from violence, in the MENA region. The statement below was originally posted on here on the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies [...]

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Milestone for Jordanian Women in Politics + WLP Training Participants Join Senate

Clockwise from top left) MP Khould Alkhatabeh, Senator Asma Khader, Senator Nawal Faouri, MP Wafa bani Moustafa, and MP Hind Al Fayez at WLP’s December 2012 MENA Regional TOT Listen below to WLP’s interview with WLP Jordan/SIGI-J General Coordinator & Senator Asma Khader about this year’s achievements for women in politics in Jordan. After years [...]

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WLP Morocco/ADFM & Moroccan Women’s Organizations Stop Flawed GBV Bill + Achieve Formal CSO Consultation

While Morocco women’s rights activists and organizations have long been seeking a comprehensive law to combat gender-based violence, the bill recently drafted by the Ministry of Solidarity, Family, Women and Social Development (bill 103.13, 2013) was far from what the women’s movement sought. Among the bill’s flaws, CSOs noted the lack of consultation with women’s [...]

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After advocacy by women’s movement, Morocco makes major reform to rape law

Following significant advocacy by WLP Morocco/ADFM and other Moroccan women’s rights organizations, on January 8, 2014, the Moroccan Parliament finally adopted the draft law to amend article 475 of the Criminal /penal Code, which allowed rapists to escape prosecution if they married their victim. This article has mainly been used to justify the traditional practice [...]

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