Women from across the world have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development within their country of origin. Their role is very crucial for increased development, but challenges remain. And so, significant reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment. However, it appears that investments in human development are not readily translated to better economic and political outcomes for women. Unfortunately, women’s potential and crucial role in the development in their country of origin is still impeded by these economic and social factors. Women’s participation is also very important in advancing peace, unity and combating terrorism, which is a most serious threat to SD in their country of origin. It has also been recognized that women have been largely excluded from the processes of conflict management and prevention and that their role is important in the achievement of lasting peace and security (UN, 2015). In general, women’s participation helps in accelerating resolution and countering terrorism while ensuring that women’s rights are protected. 

For more information and details please contact Janet Snow (janet.snow@wasd.org.uk).

Celebrating UN International Women's Day

WASD organizes several initiatives and activities including the celebration of “International Women’s day” which is celebrated across the world to show the remarkable achievements of women to the society. Clearly, women have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development in the world, but challenges remain. And so, reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment. 

Women as Leaders in Change and Development
The main aim of this workshop is critically examine the role of women as leaders in change and development. This workshop focuses not only on knowledge exchange and updates on relevant human rights instruments and standards, but outlines how practically human rights can be used in programmes and activities to generate concrete and sustainable development outcomes. This knowledge exchange and capacity development workshop brings together practitioners, professionals and activists working on women’s equality, development and leadership. It will discuss innovative and strategic ways to implement as well as to monitor and evaluate women’s rights. Women leaders use a variety of tools and strategies to mobilise, empower and deliver on community achievements. Human rights is one such medium through which women’s voices, goals and efforts are recognised as enforceable claims or rights. Clearly, women have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development and their role is very crucial for increased development, but challenges remain. And so, reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment. Though activists and leaders- women, men and youth – use human rights for advocacy and enforcement, there are advantages to using the human rights based approach (HRBA) to achieve land, property and other rights in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our pioneering policy research has been deployed to carry out training for hundreds of leaders at the United Nations, World Bank, the Arab Land Conference, the World Urban Forum and several other events.
Role of Women in Peace and Development in MENA

The main aim of this initiative is to critically examine the current status of women in the Arab region. Women’s welfare in the Arab region has steadily improved in the past few decades with gaps in education and health decreasing the gender disparity gap by 60%, Saudi Arabia for example was among those that improved its educational sub-index score by 11% points (WEF, 2016). Similarly, a report by Assad (El Swais, 2015) stated that girls in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region actually outperform boys especially in the maths and sciences. However, in spite of such progress, women in the region remain to be the most vulnerable to poverty because of unequal access to economic and other resources. For example, while 50% of the women in the world are actively employed or seeking jobs, only about half or 27% of women in the MENA are of the same status (World Bank, 2012 cited in OECD, 2014). Thus, it appears that investments in human development are not readily translated to better economic and political outcomes for women and that women’s potential and crucial role in development within the region is still impeded by social factors. Among the key constraints of women in the region for economic participation are: strong patriarchal society; strong public sector and a weak private sector; and lack of support and benefits for women in the employment sector (Assad cited in El Swais, 2015).

Executive leadership and knowledge management for women police officers

This five-day course has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on executive leadership and knowledge management (KM) in the public sector with special focus on Women Police Officers. The course aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose leadership styles and KM approaches to their organisations. At the end of the course attendees should be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience about KM and leadership styles and approaches in alignment with the local needs and capabilities. Moreover, after competition of the course, attendees to write a report, supported by the tutor, of what they have learnt and what is particularly relevant to their employers. A focus to be one aspect of the course which has implications for the way they will improve their professional practice when they return to their employers. This will help reassure the employers of the benefits of the programme and help consolidate the understanding of the manager.