The Women as Partners in Progress’ headquarters are at the Gibran Chair at the University of Maryland. The design of WPP required partners in the three countries where the program is implemented. The three partners are:
Jossour FFM, Morocco
Implementing Women as Partners in Progress in Morocco;
Focusing on the promotion of equality and citizenship, and combating violence against women and girls.
Key activities include: Advocating for changes in laws to ensure women’s rights, creating a series of 12 videos addressing equality issues and how to combat violence, media campaigns regarding women’s rights, and performing a play in rural and urban areas followed by debates with the audience regarding women’s and girls’ inheritance.
Jossour FFM is a non-governmental organization in Morocco that advocates for women’s rights. Established in 1995, this NGO has previously worked with several international partners, including MEPI. Their efforts have focused on joining with political entities to advance women's rights in the different regions of Morocco. Jossour’s strategic vision has three critical components: a) Studying and honing in on the difficulties women face, and providing platforms to find solutions to the issues concerning women and their communities; b) Disseminating positive messages that promote female empowerment and raise awareness in order to alter the status of Moroccan women; and c) Supporting events that elucidate the value of women as contributors.
World of Letters (WoL), Jordan
Implementing Women as Partners in Progress in Jordan;
Focusing on increasing opportunities for women in the labor force, and on influencing the revision of the textbooks in order to portray girls and boys, women and men in an equitable way. Key activities include: Designing and implementing a National Advocacy Campaign about women in the labor force, working with the Jordanian government and the Jordanian National Commission for Women to influence the revision of textbooks
World of Letters (WoL) is a social enterprise established in Jordan in 2006 with the vision of fostering pride, dignity, and equity among youth in the Arab region. WoL serves as a regional hub for Leaders in Girls Education and hosts the "Girls Education Champion Network" to empower and strengthen girls’ education leaders in the MENA region. WoL collaborates with local communities to target key issues, such as altering the discriminatory gender norms that young Jordanian women face when transitioning into the workforce. WoL launched the JoWomenomics initiative, a national committee that promotes the participation of women in the Jordanian workforce.
Abolish Article 153, Kuwait
Implementing Women as Partners in Progress in Kuwait;
Focusing on changing mindsets about gender roles and the glass ceiling, and increasing the percentage of women in decision making in governmental positions.
Key activities include: Designing and implementing a media campaign to influence the mindsets regarding women’s rights, performing a play on campuses to influence the new generations about gender roles; organizing meetings with parliamentarians and other decisions makers to influence them regarding increasing the percentage of women in decision making governmental positions.
Abolish Article 153 is a non-governmental organization in Kuwait. Their campaign aims to abolish Article 153 from Kuwait’s penal code, which effectively gives men regulatory, judicial and executive power over their female kin in blatant disregard of the constitution, international agreements on human and women’s rights and even the Islamic Sharia. This law states that any man who surprises his mother, sister, daughter or wife in an unsavory sexual (zinna) act with a man and kills her or him or both will be treated as committing a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 3 years jail time and/or a fine of 3000 rupees (KD 14). Their ultimate goal is to create a safe environment where mothers, daughters, sisters and wives are protected from all forms of violence, to raise awareness of these violent practices and the legislation that sanctions them, and ensure the creation of safe houses for women under threat of violence.