Women’s Learning Partnership’s Project on Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-Based Violence

Author : Ann Elizabeth Mayer and Mahnaz Afkhami, Faculty Scholarship at University of Pennsylvania Law

An international network of 20 autonomous nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) based primarily in transitioning and fragile states, Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) is dedicated to enhancing universal human rights and gender equality, strengthening civil society, and empowering women to be active citizens and actors of change in their societies. Our mission is…

Trespassing With Fatema

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Association for Middle East Women's Studies

Fatema and I began our work together in 1984 as contributors to Robin Morgan’s Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology. She wrote the Morocco chapter and I, Iran’s. We stayed in touch through the Sisterhood Is Global Institute that Robin founded with the seventy writers of the book, but we did not meet…

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Author : Caryle Murphy, The Majalla

CAIRO, EGYPT – JULY 04: An Egyptian woman celebrates in Tahrir Square, the day after former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, was ousted from power on July 4, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images) The rights of women across the Middle East have become major casualties of…

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women's Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami

Author : Voice of America

(In Persian and English subtitles) The half hour video produced by VOA provides the historical context for the women’s movement in Iran from its early beginnings just before the constitutional revolution of 1906 through the efforts at networking and organizing to promote girls education in the 1930’s, women’s political rights in the 1950s and 60s,…

At the UN, Twenty Years of Backlash to ‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’

Author : Barbara Crossette, The Nation

Socially conservative American Catholics and evangelicals who have led a decades-long campaign against the rights of women in the United States are now gearing up for a season of battles on the bigger global stage. Socially conservative American Catholics and like-minded evangelical Protestants who have led a decades-long campaign against the rights of women in…

The Word on Women: MENA region tops agenda at AWID global women's rights forum

The Word on Women: MENA region tops agenda at AWID global women's rights forum

Author : Lisa Anderson, TrustLaw

The uncertain fate of women’s rights in the turbulent Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region emerged as one of the most pressing concerns on the agenda for the 12th International Forum of the Association For Women’s Rights In Development (AWID), which launched a four-day run in Istanbul on Wednesday. “It takes a lot of…

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…