Leading to Change Panel 3: Women, Empowerment, and Justice (video)

Leading to Change Panel 3: Women, Empowerment, and Justice (video)

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Event Recording
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English (US)




A panel discussion on women's empowerment from WLP's symposium, Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies. This event took place during the 2005 annual meeting of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City. 

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA), President of WLP, discussed the relationship between power and violence and successful strategies employed by the WLP partnership to empower women using the cultural resources of each community.  

Hafsat Abiola (Nigeria), Founder and Executive Director of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, described the empowerment and leadership training that she received at the Africa Regional Institute for Women’s Leadership, which WLP convened in Calabar, Nigeria, February 2005.  

Zainah Anwar (Malaysia), Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), discussed strategies and challenges of implementing existing legislation on domestic violence in an Islamic society.  

Rabéa Naciri and Amina Lemrini (Morocco), of Association Démocratique du Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) presented ADFM’s successful campaign of changing the Moroccan Family Code to remove discriminatory clauses and protect women from violence.  

(Microphone glitch at 28:36)