Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation


WELDD leader featured on Al Jazeera Arabic News Network


Last month, a video featuring one of our WELDD leaders was picked up by the Al Jazeera Arabic news network by a producer at the Al Jazeera Center f

Almost Three Years On, WELDD Ripple Effects Still Felt


Last week, the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) team, the group without whose funding WELDD would not have materialized, visited former WELDD parti

IWE-WELDD Butterfly Effect: Contributing to the Advancement of Women and Girls


In the second part of the Butterfly Effect series, IWE-WELDD shares testimonials from participants of their programmes in Indonesia. These powerful snippets are reminiscent of the flaps of a butterfly’s wing, and have set in motion a hurricane in the future.

Will Victims of Rape in Sudan See Justice?

In its final report to the Secretary-General, UNAMID recorded 66 cases with 99 total victims (thirty minors) of conflict-related sexual violence. 36 of those cases were reported to law enforcement agencies. Only nine cases were ever investigated, resulting in a grand total of four arrests. In the report, nearly 70% of victims described the alleged perpetrators as unidentified armed men, and 32 victims reported that the perpetrators were members of the Sudanese armed forces (Rapid Support Forces and Government Police).

The WLUML-WELDD Butterfly Effect: School, Not Marriage for Young Girls


The first story in the Butterfly Effect series is about Fatima* a schoolteacher in Nigeria, who managed to prevent one of her students from undergoing child marriage.

WLUML-WELDD Impact Stories: The Butterfly Effect


The Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratization (WELDD) project aimed for something far more intrinsic; to unscrew the mechanics, replace the one small bolt no one would otherwise notice, and watch the subtle new smoothness of the machinery. It is the logic of the chaos theory: that one small butterfly may flap its wings on part of the world, and somewhere on another part, weeks, perhaps months later, a hurricane would occur. In this series of posts, we aim to represent these very wings—small, colourful flights that are setting in place a new momentum that will, eventually, cause a storm.

Unacceptable Peace


This article is the summary of IWE's short documentary. The film tells us about the struggle of a brave woman, Mrs Harni, who found that some cases of violence against women are often solved by making a “deal” between the victim and the perpetrator.

Ripples of Change: WELDD Builds Feminist Leadership Across Africa and the Middle East


In 2013, WELDD held workshops in the MENA and Sehal regions to build women’s leadership and political participation. The results were hugely successful; young female activists from Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Senegal, Niger and Mali emerged invigorated and with a renewed sense of purpose.

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