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     Pakistani society is a tribal, feudal, patriarchal, male-dominated and a religiously extremist society affecting the life of Pakistani women. Democracy requires informed participation of the public, and ignoring participation of more than half of the population […]

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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 had the opportunity to participate in and facilitate a Regional Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Advocacy in Rabat, Morocco and was amazed with the youth’s passion and creative use of technology. This training […]

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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 Human Rights held a political education training for young women in Kogi State, Nigeria, using Women’s Learning Partnership’s political participation manual Leading to Action. The training promoted gender sensitive culture within academic institutions, shared the principles of horizontal leadership, promoted […]

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Young Ukrainian Female Democracy Activist Speaks Out

Ukraine’s young democracy activist Olena Prykhodko describes her greatest accomplishment as forming the Kharkiv Regional Council of High School Students, which was able to bring youth opinions on child welfare policies to the highest national decision-making level.

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Success Stories of Local Leaders: Rana

Rana was married before the age of 15. After she got married, she moved to a different village where her husband and his extended family live. She had a small room in the big family house where everyone lived. Rana mentioned that she faced lots of difficulties when she first got married, because she was overwhelmed by the wife’s duties and because she gave birth to five children. But Rana had a dream to be a leader in her community.

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Categories: Empowerment & Skills, Middle East & North Africa, Priority Areas, Regions, Youth