WLP Spotlights Empowerment through Leadership at Annual Global Meeting

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WLP Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib moderates a discussion on monitoring and evaluation.

Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) gathered representatives from its grassroots women's rights organizations around the world for the Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Potomac, Maryland. This annual meeting brings together leaders and activists that comprise the Partnership to share ideas, plan for future initiatives, and review the successes and challenges of the past year. The event facilitates knowledge sharing and builds solidarity among advocates of the global women’s movement.

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WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami addresses the room of women leaders from around the globe.

The 2017 TPC, which ran from October 7 to 9, opened with remarks about the state of the world in relation to women's rights by WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami and members of WLP’s Board of Directors. Representatives from each partner organization then provided updates on their country’s context, which was followed by a review of the Partnership's major achievements of the last year.

Each WLP organization tailors the Partnership’s approaches and resources to the local context, building the capacities of women leaders who can then make change in their communities. Just a few examples of this strategy in action over the past year include:

This forum is where activism, theory, and scholarship meet. I see [it] as reinforcing what we are doing in the field by providing a broader view in a sense of inclusion, that we are all connected with what happens in our countries.

,Executive Director, WLP Indonesia/Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia (WYDII)

  • WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino mobilizing women to hold political leaders accountable in advance of upcoming elections. Bir Duino was part of a coalition of women leaders and NGOs that wrote and distributed recommendations on human rights issues to presidential candidates.
  • WLP Senegal/GIPS/WAR tackling rural women’s issues through leadership in legal reform. GIPS/WAR’s World Moves with Women campaign trained women using WLP curricula to advocate for increased land ownership rights in the country.
  • WLP Turkey/FSWW using economic cooperatives to provide women with small business opportunities. These co-ops function as a grassroots-organizing model by bringing women together and bolstering women’s visibility in the public sphere. FSWW is also working with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to explore the potential of this model as a means of enabling refugee women to support themselves and their communities.
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Julie Cissé, Executive Director of WLP/Senegal/GIPS/WAR and Maria Paula Vera Cruz, President of WLP Mozambique/Fórum Mulher

Other sessions of the TPC included an analysis of WLP's Family Law reform initiative and a plenary on the WLP Refugee Project underway in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.  Attendees also discussed branding and communications concepts for the Partnership and new methods to monitor and evaluate the impact of the Partnership’s accomplishments.


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