What We Do

What We Do

Women's Learning Partnership helps individuals and organizations achieve their potential for promoting women’s advancement. Our training programs, advocacy campaigns, research, and publications reach tens of thousands of women and men each year.

See How We Do It

Explore our program areas below:

Kazakhstan Women's Leadership and Political Participation Training 2013
Women from Central Asia present a session from WLP's Leading to Choices leadership manual at a training of trainers workshop in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

Promoting Leadership

Women’s potential—as decision-makers, civic leaders, and peacemakers— is the single most underutilized resource around the world. WLP works to increase the participation of women in leadership roles and to change the type of leadership women exercise. WLP promotes a leadership methodology that is horizontal, participatory, ethical, and inclusive. WLP’s workshops and training resources help women to discover their capacity to lead and the benefits women’s leadership brings to their communities.

Nigeria Political Participation 2013
Women political leaders in Nigeria discuss communciation skills and message development at a WLP political participation workshop.

Mobilizing Political Participation

WLP believes that when women are involved in political processes and decision-making, everyone benefits. Whether the goal is to be elected to political office, support a candidate’s campaign, or secure legislation, WLP provides a range of training workshops and networking opportunities to grassroots and professional women. WLP’s programming emphasizes principled, tolerant, and justice-oriented political action for the promotion of women’s rights.

Lebanon Human Rights and Democracy 2015
Participants explore issues of democracy, equality, and human rights at a training of trainers workshop in Beirut, Lebanon.

Advocating for Human Rights

WLP participates in a wide array of education and advocacy activities to raise awareness about women’s human rights, influence policy, and increase the visibility and impact of our partnership’s work on gender justice and equality. We collaborate with women’s organizations, social service organizations, legal advocates, government officials, and religious leaders on local, regional, and international human rights campaigns. We produce documentaries, publish books, and facilitate training workshops in dozens of languages to support the work of grassroots activists across the globe.

Human Security Turkey childcare center
Women-led Women and Children's Centers organized by WLP's partner in Turkey, FSWW, provide safe, convenient childcare, and support for women across Turkey.

Advancing Human Security

Since the tragic events of 9/11, the concept of “security” has become more polarized—with proponents of state security too often pitted against proponents of human rights. The result has been that the aspiration of security itself has become highly politicized, impeding a critical component of human progress. WLP is working to reintroduce an all-encompassing vision of human security, which links human rights and human development to policy initiatives at the local and international levels. We are promoting an approach to human security that is inclusive of social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights.

Lebanon Women's Right to Nationality Campaign Sit-in 2017
Women and men raise awareness of discriminatory citizenship laws at a sit-in organized by the Lebanese Women's Right to Nationality Campaign in Beirut, Lebanon.

Reforming Family Laws

Millions of women around the world are still subject to laws and practices that give the men in their family the power to control their right to marry, travel, work, inherit land and property, and to pass citizenship on to their children. WLP is supporting locally-led research on family law reform that will be published in an anthology, and is working with women’s groups across the Partnership on campaigns to reform family law. Our scholarship on family law is providing us with a road map for our local and international advocacy. 

Women Refugees Leadership Workshop 2017
WLP's workshops with refugee women connect female refugees to social resources and provide a safe space for them to build trust and self-confidence.

Empowering Refugee Women

There are an estimated 65 million refugees worldwide, many of whom face extreme poverty and few opportunities for education or employment. Women and girls bear the brunt of the displacement, enduring the threats and realities of sexual harassment and assault, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, early or forced marriage, and trafficking, among other rights violations. WLP partners are working with refugees on entrepreneurial and employment skills, and are providing them with counseling and other services. We offer refugees training in individual leadership and collective action to campaign for their rights, and we are strong advocates for their direct participation in refugee policy decisions in their host countries and internationally.

March to End Child Marriage Zimbabwe 2016
Demonstrators call for an end to child marriage at a march organized by WLP's partner in Zimbabwe, WSPM. 

Ending Violence against Women

Combatting violence against women involves changing societal notions about women’s roles, changing customs and practices that promote violence against women, and changing laws that do not protect women. WLP and its partners are engaged in all three pursuits to eradicate gender-based violence. We are conducting workshops for grassroots women, training trainers on advocating against gender-based violence, and leading local and international campaigns to reform laws and increase resources to protect women. 

Organizational Capacity Building Female Lawyers, Egypt 2017
An organization of Egyptian female lawyers conducts strategic planning exercises during a capacity building workshop in Cairo, Egypt.

Strengthening Civil Society

Resilient, effective, and democratic civil society organizations (CSOs) are the world’s bulwark against the many threats posed by failing states. However, maintaining free and democratic institutions takes knowledge, resources, and time. WLP is strengthening the organizational, programmatic, and fundraising capacities of CSOs in the Global South. We are helping directors and staff of women’s rights and women’s services organizations to instill democratic values and sustainability practices into all of their operations and services.

Youth Organizing a Human Rights Campaign Morocco 2012
Young women and men work together to organize a human rights campaign during a WLP youth leadership training in Morocco.

Engaging Youth

WLP believes that young women and men can play an extraordinary role in bringing about positive change in their communities. WLP engages with youth directly, and with youth groups and organizations. Through our leadership, political participation, advocacy, and IT trainings, WLP is empowering youth to take a stand, speak out, and make a real difference in their future. With our partner in Jordan, we host annual youth technology festivals that combine information about how to use technology, the internet, and social media to advocate for social change, with coursework on youth-related rights and development issues. 

WLP Oral Histories of the Global Women's Movement
Women from around the globe tell their stories about fighting for their rights.

Preserving Women's History

While the women’s rights movement in the West has been well-documented, the vision, voices, and campaigns of feminists in the Global South have received less attention from scholars and activists. To address this omission, WLP is collecting hundreds of hours of multilingual materials and recordings pertaining to the global movements for peace, democracy, and women’s human rights. WLP is preserving the stories and lessons of women’s rights activists from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America who have left their mark on the struggle for women’s advancement. 

Senegal Workshop Climate Justice 2019

Women in Senegal attend a training to learn sustainable land development techniques. 

Partnering for Climate Justice 

Women, and particularly women in the Global South, are on the frontlines of social, economic, and political upheavals triggered by the effects of climate change. WLP is responding to the climate challenge with a multidisciplinary, holistic approach that puts women at the forefront of advocating for policies and resources to slow down climate change. WLP’s partners have been working towards climate justice for nearly a decade. 

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