CEPIA Advocates for the Future of Gender Equality in Brazil’s Education System
WLP BRAZIL/ Citizen, Study, Research, Information, and Action (CEPIA)
Early in the summer, the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil recognized CEPIA as amicus curiae. With legal standing, CEPIA can provide information and recommendations in a case before the court that will determine federal guidelines for school curriculum. Conservative political and religious groups in Brazil want to prohibit the use of the terms “gender,” “sexuality,” and “gender identities” in public high school curricula. They argue that discussion of these terms threatens traditional family models and promotes sexual immorality. Along with a coalition of other CSOs, CEPIA opposes this prohibition. They argue that the exclusion of these terms from educational curricula reinforces patriarchal and discriminatory gender roles, and allows political and religious forces to interfere with the secular nature of Brazil’s educational system. CEPIA works with teachers in many municipalities, and has trained over 400 students on gender equality, healthy relationships, and leadership. CEPIA has also been working with officials from the Department of Education to encourage the adoption of gender-equal perspectives in their educational programs.
Participants of FWID Training Lead Their Own Workshop on Equality in the Family in Palestine
WLP EGYPT/ Forum for Women in Development (FWID)
Two participants in FWID’s training on gender equality in the family facilitated their own gender equality training with members of the General Union of Palestinian Women. In January 2020, Amal Aga and Sonia Abbas’s workshop explored themes of culture and gender roles in the family. Before beginning a discussion with participants on family law reform and steps for action, they screened WLP’s documentary film, Equality: It’s All in the Family. FWID looks forward to continuing to engage and support its networks, including its Palestinian allies, to advocate for the reform of discriminatory family laws and practices.
SIGI-J Brings Together Media Personalities & Civil Society Leaders for the Arabic Premiere of the New Documentary Film from WLP
WLP JORDAN/Solidarity is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI-J)
On June 18, SIGI-J brought together three media personalities to serve as panelists for the Arabic premiere of the new documentary film from WLP, It’s Up to Us. The film was screened before a live online audience and was followed by a panel discussion, which included actress Nadera Emran, film critic and the managing editor of the national newspaper Al Rai Hussein Dasah, TV presenter and director Ghada Saba, CEO of SIGI-J Asma Khader, and SIGI-J President Enaam Al Asha. The event has been viewed over 1,000 times on SIGI-J’s Facebook page. The film screening is part of SIGI-J’s “Creativity for Life,” series, which highlights the intersection of art and human rights.
SWRC Trains 100 women in Kazakhstan on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
WLP KAZAKHSTAN/ Shymkent Women's Resource Center (SWRC)
SWRC is facilitating trainings on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). SWRC’s lead trainer, Lyazyat Askarova, held a series of seven online trainings in June for nearly 100 women titled "Involving Women in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Kazakhstan.” The participants learned about the seventeen SDGs and how to incorporate the goals into their lives. To ensure that the digital divide did not exclude those with limited internet access, SWRC held an additional, two-day in-person training for another 24 participants in Taraz, Kazakhstan.
ADFM Demands that Soulaliyate Women’s Rights to Communal Land Not Be Based on Discriminatory Criteria Established Decades Ago
WLP MOROCCO/Democratic Association of Moroccan Women (ADFM)
ADFM issued a press release in response to a circular published by Morocco’s Minster of the Interior. For decades, ADFM has collaborated with women leaders among the Soulaliyate who have been fighting for equal rights to their communal land and for an equal share in the profits from the sale of that land. Despite the recent passage of legislation protecting women’s rights to communal lands, in May the Interior Minister issued a circular that jeopardizes the progress made by women. The circular’s provisions allow land to be returned to those who blocked Soulaliyate women‘s access for so many years. The circular spells out new criteria for land to be reclaimed by the Soulaliyate—criteria that very few women can meet based on historical and cultural practices that have discriminated against their owning or profiting from the sale of land for hundreds of years.
ADFM and the Soulaliyate leaders are putting the government on notice that they are monitoring the land distribution for its compliance with the Moroccan Constitution’s guarantees of equality
Forum Mulher Calls for Gender Sensitive Response to COVID-19
WLP MOZAMBIQUE/ Forum Mulher
Forum Mulher has published a report on issues facing women during the pandemic. The report includes recommendations for civil society and government response programs. Forum Mulher’s demands on behalf of women and girls in Mozambique include: greater distribution of information about the virus from the scientific community; monitoring of businesses that might be using the pandemic to artificially raise prices; employment and income protections for workers furloughed due to the pandemic; and additional services for victims of gender-based violence including emergency hotlines.
Pakistani Women Lead New Voter Engagement Efforts Across the Country
WLP PAKISTAN/Aurat Foundation
Seven women, who previously participated in Aurat Foundation training workshops, are leading young voter engagement efforts through a new project on women's political participation in Pakistan. They will facilitate workshops on youth leadership and women's political participation to train voter constituency groups in ten districts around the country. The workshops will prepare and encourage young women to increase voter turnout among their peers, register others to voter, and encourage political participation. The workshops are part of a project that Aurat Foundation launched in 2020 in partnership with other national organizations. Among the project’s goals are to help women parliamentarians keep their seats in the next election, and to form chapters of women’s voter groups in different parts of the country.
KEDV Alongside Refugee Women Lead Community Response Efforts to COVID-19.
WLP TURKEY/Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (KEDV)
In Turkey, KEDV alongside Syrian refugee women coordinated community response efforts to COVID-19 using mobile phone communications platforms. In order to support virus mitigation at the community level, refugee women with the support of KEDV staff, began reaching out informally to their networks to send messages of solidarity and support. What began as an informal process quickly evolved into a coordinated response to the economic, political, and health issues caused by the pandemic. The women established a communication plan, using smartphone apps like WhatsApp, to check on everyone in their network and to disseminate information about how to protect families from COVID-19. They developed lists of at risk families, and provided them with information about where to find financial support and access to food, and other services. KEDV is now using this “phone tree” model to conduct surveys of needs, disseminate information, and support other groups with whom KEDV works, including refugees based in Istanbul and seasonal agricultural workers.