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The Regional Human Rights and Peacebuilding Fund (RHRPF) is a four years CDN $5M initiative (ending in 2011-2012) providing funds and direct support to selected local non-government organizations (NGOs) and not-for profit institutions as well as to international organizations with direct and well established partnerships with local civil society organizations (CSOs). The objective is to implement projects which contribute to reducing human rights abuses, increasing women's influence as well as working toward sustainable peacebuilding efforts


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The Women's Leadership Institute at Bentley University was established in 2003 with a generous grant from the Patrina Foundation. Our core mission is to promote the advancement of women through all stages of career development, from age 17 to CEO, and beyond. We offer various programs that support this mission and rely on the collaborative intellect of our professional team, our students, faculty and staff colleagues, business executives and other professionals to inspire our initiatives.

The Women's Leadership Institute at Bentley University (the WLI) has a two-fold mission: to empower women to achieve personal and professional success as they advance into leadership positions, and to shape a generation of women leaders who are ethically and socially responsible as well as fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities presented by the global business environment. To further this mission, the WLI provides a combination of interactive, practical programs and academic forums designed to develop and enhance the skills, confidence, and connections that ensure personal and professional success at each stage of one's career.


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Our mission is to build the leadership of women in agriculture and natural resource management for organizational transformation for gender equality through an innovative approach of partnering motivated professional and rural women. WOCAN's global network of members provides skills in agriculture and natural resource management technologies, gender mainstreaming, organizational change, negotiation, policy and decision-making, participation, advocacy and women's leadership to secure women's equal access to and control of resources and benefits to improve the livelihoods of rural people. The objective of this global network is to address three major gaps that emerge from the knowledge and experiences of sustainable and rural development processes. These are:

policies regarding gender within the agriculture and natural resource management sectors;
roles of professional women in implementing policy objectives for rural women's empowerment and gender equality within these sectors, and
organizational barriers that obstruct women from realizing positions of leadership and influence to take on such roles.

WOCAN was established in 2004 to address these gaps through active, constructive collaboration with governments, NGOs, universities, international organizations and civil society groups.


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The story of Global Women's Summits is closely related to the story of The Women's Information Network (The WIN). We began in 2009 with a wonderful mission: to strengthen women and families worldwide through education, enlightenment, and entrepreneurism in an effort to eradicate illiteracy, poverty, and hunger, and to lift the level of love, prosperity, and peace on earth.


The Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training -LOST- is a non profit organization aiming to raise public awareness, especially among youth. It seeks to contribute to the social and economic development of the community of Baalbeck-Hermel by enhancing local capacities and participation in order to create a more developed and equitable society. LOST hopes to make this vision a reality by reducing poverty and eliminating exclusion. Its programs are intended to help, train and educate local residents, be they women, teenagers, or young children.


hraini Business Women Society has succeeded – since its establishment on the year 2000 – to promote the role of women and especially businesswomen in all commercial and economical activities and to support her in all fields that would show women's participation on the local, gulf and international scale. The Bahraini woman today is cable of holding high-ranking positions in the kingdom of Bahrain. Through the co-operation of all members, the society in this session was able to hold many valuable courses, symposiums and conferences which were able to present the best image of the Bahraini woman in the Gulf and the Arabic world.

Catalyst (Websites)

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Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business.
With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, we count as members more than 400 companies, firms, business schools, and associations from around the world, employing millions of women. Our global lens and regional reach allow us to provide our members, the media, and the public with information and counsel on creating workplaces that enable women and their employers to succeed.
Catalyst's work is rooted in our research. We study women and men across levels, functions, and geographies to learn about women's experiences in business, barriers to their career advancement, and individual and organizational strategies leading to success. We are culturally sensitive. Our reports, often cited in international media, reveal the challenges and opportunities for organizations and women at work globally. We have an extensive compendium of diversity and inclusion practices that provides models for change.


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The goal of this website is to provide development practitioners with a platform to come together, share knowledge and resources and contribute to the development and empowerment of communities worldwide.


The Arab Academic Human Rights Network (AAHRN) aims to strengthen the capacity of academic institutions to perform academic education and research on human rights. The Network was launched in April 2010 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between five founding members:
The stated mission of the AAHRN is to strengthen the capacity of academic institutions in formulating and disseminating knowledge on human rights topics responding to the reality and needs of society, with the main objectives to:
Strengthen the institutional capacity of academic institutions to plan, design, organise and implement teaching and research in human rights
Encourage exchange and dialogue between academic institutions
Strengthen the resource base of human rights materials in Arabic


Women are the victims of violence and backward religious traditions in Iraq, and are in desperate need of shelter and protection from random acts of aggression. These women are subject to continuous threat of being:

killed by their husbands or male relatives (honor killings)
Burnt or mutilated for suspicion of shameful acts
publicly executed or shot by the police
kidnapped and secretly murdered
in state of despair and see no other way than to commit suicide

Consequently, millions of women undergo sexual discrimination encouraged by Islamist activists and Saddam's regime that urge all “God Loving” men to oppress their women so as to abide by an Islamic submissive lifestyle that was created hundreds of years ago. This situation has been introduced and enhanced in the last decade, and does not allow women basic standards of human dignity. Other Reasons that result in the deterioration of social status of women in Iraq:

Hundreds of thousands of women were widowed by consecutive wars, and genocide executed by Saddam's army
Economic sanctions spread out poverty to unthinkable extents where every widow finds herself responsible of a family with no sort of support or social insurance
Recent years changes in civil laws so as to allow honor killings and referral to backward and barbaric tribal law
Absence of supremacy of law, allowing Islamist misogynist practices which the ruling Baath party chose to apply by committing mass killings on women.

Local Women's Movements

Independent Women's organization (IWO) was formed on 8th of March 1992 in North of Iraq with the efforts of volunteering individuals. Since then, women sheltering services began to be provided. These include armed protection, safe dwelling and legal services.

IWO has proved to be the only organization to fully adopt a comprehensive campaign of advocating Iraqi women's rights and for that had gained the support of local radical movements. IWO has extended its influence to international locations that attracted masses of Iraqi refugees. It is represented now in Canada, England and Australia. Our committee (DIWR) in Canada was founded on May 20, 1998 and has pursued

Investigating into the status of Iraqi women with a focus on Kurdistan of Iraq where the absence of supremacy of law resulted in giving way to ancient tribal practices against women encouraged by recent Islamist influences.

The need for these services?

In order to gain a broad perspective of the local scene, and a sense of the urgency to activate change towards the women's cause in Iraqi Kurdistan, we refer to one recent statistical figure done in North of Iraq - Kurdistan

- That could explain it all:

Within a population of 5 Million in Iraqi Kurdistan

4000 honor killings (1990-1999)

Hundreds of burnt women

Tens of honor driven mutilations against women

Thousands of circumcised (genitally mutilated) girls yearly till this present day

What your support can do?

Strengthen international solidarity for the support of women's movement in Iraq in their struggle against Islamist influenced male violence.

Provide the women's shelter with financial support necessary for the survival of desperate women.

Boost Women's aspirations in gaining freedom and equality with their fellow men.

We seek the support and cooperation of all organizations that are involved in developing women's status worldwide. For any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us on the addresses written below.



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