The Women Participating in Public Life (WPIPL) programme aims to build women’s capacities and broad-based support to increase their active involvement in public life, including national and local political processes.
I have absolute faith that there are no civil, or democratic, or free countries if women aren’t free.
Supported by the British FCO’s Arab Partnership Initiative, the programme has been delivered in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. In each country, the project is implemented through three main strategies: developing community leaders, especially women, aged 18–30 in marginalised populations; supporting capacity building of CSOs to conduct action research and advocacy to influence policy and practice; and learning, networking and coalition-building to provide platforms for experience sharing between the countries through regional learning events.
WPIPL’s broader understanding of women’s political participation goes beyond simple political empowerment, looking at how women can engage and influence political processes through alternative means. This longer-term approach helps to build the capacity and confidence of women and women’s organisations to influence change.