Feminist Advocacy, Family Law and Violence Against Women: Introduction

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Routledge

Early in my tenure as Secretary General at the Women’s Organization of Iran (WOI), I traveled with a small group of women to some forty towns and villages around Iran. We wanted to find out what would be most useful to the women themselves. What were their priorities? What were their most important challenges and…

POMED Wire: Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East

POMED Wire: Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East

Author : POMED Wire 

On Tuesday, the Women’s Learning Partnership cohosted an event entitled “Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East” with the Woodrow Wilson Center. The discussions addressed the challenges faced by women in the MENA region and how to achieve viable democracies, given that women’s position is a barometer for the success of democratic transition. For…

Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East

Author : Tara Dewan-Czarnecki and Mona Moussavi, Wilson Center Middle East Program

Women leaders and grassroots activists from throughout the Arab and Islamic worlds addressed the challenges faced by women attempting to work towards viable democracies. On September 20, the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted two panel discussions with a group of women leaders to analyze the…

Iraqi activist: Women's Rights Must Be Focus for New Parliament

Iraqi activist: Women's Rights Must Be Focus for New Parliament

Author : Tom Evans, CNN

Even as votes are counted in Iraq’s general election, a leading human rights activist in Baghdad said Monday that she is counting on the new parliament to defend and develop women’s rights. Basma al-Khateeb, of the Iraqi Women’s Network, said it was vital for Iraqi legislators of both genders to defend the Iraqi “Law of…

Human Rights: Against All Odds

Author : Margeret Hall, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) observed International Women’s Day, March 8, by screening its documentary, “Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis” at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Azar Nafisi, author of the best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, moderated a panel which included…

Advocating Change for Women in Muslim Countries

Author : Jamal Najjab, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

To launch its campaign for “Women as Equal Citizens: Advocating for Change in Muslim-Majority Societies,” The Women’s Learning Partnership, in cooperation with the Dialogue Project of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, sponsored a four-day seminar at SAIS. The event concluded with a Sept. 6 presentation open to…

Fighting the Good Fight for Women’s Lives

Author : Jacki Lyden, NPR "All Things Considered"

Listen to the Interview Participants in the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace, a coalition of non-governmental organizations headed by and for women, met recently in Washington, D.C. Delegates from developing countries — many from Islamic nations — compared notes on the struggle to advance women’s rights. Founder and CEO Mahnaz Afkhami, a…

Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World

Author : Abby Jenkins, Megan Brown, Sian MacAdam, The Middle East Women's Studies Review

More than 250 activists, academics, policy-makers, and organizational and religious leaders from over 20 countries gathered at Women’s Learning Partnership’s human security conference, “Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World” in Washington, DC, USA, on October 8-9, 2003. Organized in collaboration with the Global Fund for Women, the conference provided a…