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Muslim Countries: Can Women Have A Voice In A Men’s World?

Fri, Oct 17, 2003

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To The Point KCRW Los Angeles / By Warren Olney

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The US has won the unanimous backing of the UN Security Council for its plans for reconstruction in Iraq. Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq has made it clear that he wants women to be active participants in the new government. Muslim countries traditionally offer few leading roles for women. Does the selection of the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize change the equation? Can democracy be realized in Muslim nations if women there do not have equal rights? We get views from Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, an associate professor of political science, specialized on the issues of Islam and democracy, the founder and president of Women’s Learning Partnership, the director of an Islamic Center and a former U.S diplomat.

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About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Quotables – Democracy

"Tuned to the law, Muslim societies are historically and structurally receptive to democracy's motto of 'government of law not of men' ". - Faith and Freedom

"Religious zeal makes democracy problematic because it turns every attempt at understand and compromise - the hallmarks of democracy - into an evidentiary test of religious righteousness." - Rights of Passage