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KQED Interview: Women in the Middle East

Tue, May 18, 2010

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KQED/By Micheel Krasny

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KQED Forum with Michael Krasny interviews  Mahnaz Afkhami, Isobel Coleman, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and on women, social change and social justice in the Middle East.
Guests:
  • Mahnaz Afkhami
  • Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of  The Caged Virgin, Infidel and Nomad

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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 – Culture

"The infringement of women's rights is usually exercised in the name of tradition, religion, social cohesion, morality, or some complex of transcendent values. Anyway, it is justified in the name of culture." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

"The central problem of cultural relativism is that it must deny rights to women (or men) who have become aware that they posess rights because they possess an identity that is theirs independently of the community to which they belong." - Cultural Relativism And Women's Human Rights

"We must pose the question: why is it that the denial of the most rudimentary rights to civil treatment for women is always based on some fundamental point of culture? Is this culture real, or is it a fetish that is used to maintain some economic, social, or simply psychological privilege?" - A Vision of Gender in Culture