|Description of Event
This is a time of critical opportunity for … This is a time of critical opportunity for democracy throughout the MENA region,
but it is also a time of serious risk for women’s rights. While women have been active participants, in some cases even leaders and spokespersons in
the movements for democracy and human rights that have swept the Middle East and North Africa, they have often not been included in the negotiations
that will determine the politics of the future.
Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) has been working for over a decade in anticipation of and preparation for this historic moment. The activists
engaged in this network have used long-standing strategies, such as on-the-ground workshops and advocacy, and the many vehicles of modern technology to influence people from the grassroots to national and international decision-makers. They have met significant challenges, worked across national lines to learn from and support each other, and convened regularly to exchange South-South experiences and best practices. They have used various mechanisms to multiply their work, including radio programs, magazines, social networking, and
We are at an urgent moment. We know that, difficult as it is, bringing about regime change is easier than building a democratic society based on tolerance
and gender justice. Women leaders and grassroots activists in the Middle East and North Africa, aware of the cultural context and immersed in the realities
of their societies, are best placed to find practical solutions for enhancing women’s position in transitions to democracy.
On September 20, 2011, several of the most knowledgeable and creative representatives of the women’s movement from Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey will address the challenges and the ways and means of achieving viable democracies using women’s position as a barometer for the success of democratic transition.
For more info: http://www.learningpartnership.org/lib/women-and-democratic-transition-middle-east omen-and-democratic-transition-middle-east