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Help Reform Family Laws
Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb is a publication of the Women's Learning Partnership that explains the family laws in Maghreb and offers arguments for reform. Download this valuable and timely resource for use in your communities. (English, French, Arabic)
Get Involved with BAOBAB
Do you share BAOBAB's vision? Be part of their struggle for women's human rights, share your knowledge and learn about BAOBAB's internship program. (English)
Discover MiRA Resource Center
MiRA promotes equality for black, immigrant and refugee women in Norway. They provide legal assistance and counseling, networking opportunities and a meeting place for young minority women. Check out their incredible documentaries "Odin's Women Colouring the North" and support their cause. (English, Norwegian)
Add Your Name--
Stop Domestic Violence
Say No to Violence Against Women and add your name today to this UN Development Fund for Women's campaign. Every signature counts: The United Nations Foundation will donate $1 for each the first 100,000 signatures.
Vagina Monologues by
and for Muslim Women
Three Moroccan women living in Belgium present twelve poetic, intense and touching monologues called The Veiled Monologues that offer a rare look into the lives of Muslim women. Go beyond the veil and leave all your stereotypes at the theatre door. (French)
Support the Quota
System for Women
Interested in learning everything you can about the quota system and its effectiveness? Want to know the percentage of women in the national parliaments worldwide? Learn this and much more on the International IDEA and Stockholm University's new Web site Global Database of Quotas for Women.
Give Your Words Power
Comandanta Esther captivated the Mexican Congress with her 2001 speech-you can be as compelling with a speech of your own! Learn valuable speech writing and delivering techniques at iKNOW Politics. (English)
Tap Into Women's Art in Mexico
Love I.M.O.W.? Then check out this incredible women's museum in Mexico that celebrates contemporary Mexican women artists. MUMA features captivating, controversial and political artwork such as Lorena Wolffer's renowned performance piece on the femicides in Ciudad Juarez. (Spanish)
Want to Get Closer to the Truth?
Filmmaker Jill Friedberg's 2006 film, "Un poquito de tanta verdad" (A Little Bit of So Much Truth) is a feature-length documentary that follows the women leaders in Oaxaca as they take over the Channel 9 News. Learn more about the project and organize a screening. (English, Spanish)
Justice for Anna Politkovskaya
Russian journalist Anna Politkovskava was murdered in October of 2006 for reporting on human rights abuses. Help speak the truth about her assassination. --English, French, Spanish.
Take Action for Mao Heng Feng
Don't let a woman's rights activist rot in jail! Send a letter to the Director of the Shanghai Women's Prison asking her to ensure that Mao Heng Feng is treated humanely. --English.
Promote Your African
Nominate an African woman for a leadership position to Femmes Africa Solidarité. Her name will be added to a database that institutions will reference when filling vacancies --English.
Are you Latino? You no longer have an excuse for not registering to vote! Voto Latino, a non-profit non-partisan organization, will help you register in just a few clicks. Click NOW! -- English, Spanish
Speak Out Because
Your Opinion Matters!
No need to be a journalist to have your opinions broadcast in a newspaper. Learn how to write an effective letter to the editor. --English.
Promote Political Liberty
Send an e-mail to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and help free Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world's most renowned freedom fighters and proponents of nonviolence --English.
Learn About Women, Media
"From Hillary to Bella: Women, Politics and the Media" is a not-to-be-missed event taking place in New York City --English.
Show Your Solidarity
Do Catherine Beaunez's cartoons make you stop and think? Do they make you laugh? Then you must get her book of cartoons "On les aura!" and share it with your friends --French
Learn to Lead
Download the Women's Learning Partnership's Leading to Choices: Leadership Training Handbook for Women. It is available in 16 languages! You are one click away from learning everything you need to know about empowerment and effective, participatory leadership.
Bring Your Activism
to Work Day
What are maquila working conditions really like? Sign up for a maquila tour, sponsored by the Centro de Información para Trabajadores y Trabajadoras (Worker Information Center). Attend discussions with social rights and labor rights activists. (English)
Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign
Women’s right to equal citizenship is guaranteed by the majority of Arab constitutions, as well as by international law. Yet across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Gulf, women are denied their right to nationality – a crucial component of citizenship. Such laws send the message that women do not enjoy a direct relationship with the state, but must access their citizenship rights through mediation of a male family member, such as a father or a husband. Until women in the MENA and Gulf regions are recognized as full nationals and citizens, they cannot participate fully in public life, nor claim the other rights to which they are entitled as equal members of their societies. Please lend your support to the campaign. Send a message of solidarity to WLP campaign partners who are coordinating the national and regional campaigns to raise awareness of the issue, advocate for change, and mobilize support to modify discriminatory legislation.
Help End Women's Poverty: Support the GROWTH Act
The Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act would address some of the most critical economic barriers women that keep women in poor countries from earning an income, barriers such as unequal property rights, lack of access to credit and trade, and poor wages and working conditions.
For the GROWTH Act to be passed, it needs concerned citizens to urge Congress to support it. Send an automatic letter to your Senators and Representatives asking them to support the bill.
Support Las Madres
Show solidarity and demand justice for the disappeared children of Las Madres. Join their Thursday protests on the Plaza in Buenos Aires. --Spanish
Help Create the Srebrenica
More than 8,000 Bosniak boys and men were murdered in July 1995, in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Women of BOSFAM, a multicultural Bosnian women's group, invite you to commemorate these victims of genocide by adding a panel to the quilt they're creating. Help keep the memory of the massacre alive! -- English
Say NO to AFSPA!
Help repeal the law that gives military the authority to arrest, shoot and kill on suspicion alone. Sign the petition and stop human rights violations in Manipur. -- English
Respect Everyone Everywhere
If you can no longer remain silent, then this is the time to put your foot down. Join Respect-ev, sign their petition and help stop female genital mutilation. --English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish
Send an SOS!
Sign the Save Our Seed (SOS) Petition and keep native and organically-grown seeds free of genetically modified organisms! --English, French, Spanish
Reduce Your Pollution
Make a commitment to reduce pollution. Change your everyday and long-term behavior. Commit to Rachel Carson Legacy Challenge and lessen your ecological footprint. --English
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
We all can do our part in stopping Global Warming. FightGlobalWarming.com helps you calculate your personal impact, reduce it, and even neutralize it! --English
Commit to Gender Equality
Sign on to the Breakthrough Inter-religious Commitment, a historic agreement by religious leaders worldwide affirming the value and moral imperative of inter-religious cooperation to promote gender equality and end gender-based violence. -English
Women Talk Peace
Listen to Ugandan women speak about their experiences during the war and their efforts towards peace. Hear three radio programs in English, Swahili and Luganda.
Power of Music
Listen to the 20 ans barakat CD and support reform of the Family Code in Algeria. -French
Are You a Leader?
Are you a persuasive and charismatic speaker? Do you inspire others? Take this leadership test created by iKNOW Politics and learn where your strengths and weaknesses lie. (English)
Stop Violence Against Women
Women Living Under Muslim Laws tracks violations of women's rights done in the name of religion. Visit their website to read about and sign petitions against these violations. -English, French, Arabic
Support Dora María Tellez
Dora María Tellez, a legendary Sandinista leader and political activist, launched an indefinite hunger strike on June 4, 2008, against the authoritarian policies of the current President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega. Read more about her story and show support for her struggle. --English, Spanish
Strip off your clothes and turn your body into a political tool. Bare what your mother gave you and stand witness for peace! -- English
See How Your Nation Stacks Up
How many women serve in your country’s legislative body? The Inter-Parliamentary Union
keeps tabs on women’s representation in government. -- English and French
Become an Election Ace
Keeping tabs on an election abroad? Curious about the electoral system in Iraq, Ireland or Israel? The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network is a one-stop shop for everything you ever needed to know about elections. -- Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish.
Spearhead a Voter Registration Drive
Elections only work when people actually vote -- learn the fundamentals of the voter registration process and how to make it work for your own campaign or civic group with the I Know Politics manual on building confidence in the voter registration process. -- English
Put an End to Voter Intimidation
The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act is an important tool for safeguarding fair elections in the United States. Add your name to the petition to get this bill passed in the US senate. -- English
Stop Femicide in Mexico
Sign the petition to stop femicide in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuanhua. Since 1993, over 450 women have been brutally murdered. The Mexican government has not taken adequate action to prevent or punish the murderers. Call on President Calderon to ensure justice for these women--English, Spanish
Join the Green Belt Movement
Want to empower women and reduce carbon emissions? Come plant and grow trees with the Green Belt Movement founded by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai. Take part in a Green Belt Safaris and get to know the women who built this inspiring movement from ground up. (English)
Frontera Women's Foundation
Learn more about how you can support the nonprofit group based in El Paso, Texas that recently launched new scholarship program for girls from low-income families in Juarez, Mexico.
Get Connected in India
Have ideas for your own form of inspiring media? Did you know that India has an incredible online resource for women in the media? At the Network of Women in Media, share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote media awareness and ethics, and work for gender equality within the media and society. (English)
Movers and Shakers
Get the latest info about women candidates, officeholders and voters in the US. Find out what research has shown about the difference political women make. Learn about public leadership education programs for college women. Discover training programs for women interested in running for office at any level. Start now by visiting Center for American Women and Politics.
Barnes Foundation Heist
The Barnes Foundation is being destroyed by a coalition of politicians and philanthropies. It is something that should trouble all artists as the control of our museums and the commodification of art is a threat to the integrity of the art experience.
End Repressive Laws Targeting Women in Sudan
Sudanese women urge the Government of Sudan to: - Cease the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments. - Guarantee the procedural rights of women accessing the justice system at all times. - Guarantee respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with the National Interim Constitution (NIC) and regional and international human rights standards. - Commit to the promotion of positive culture of respecting women of Sudan and enhance their contribution and protect their wellbeing through adopting laws and polices in accordance with Sudan constitutions and international and regional obligations. - Support and facilitate women access to the justice system safely and with dignity, through provision of training and education on the rights of women to law enforcement and other Sudan justice system mechanisms.
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