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Middle East Regime Change: What Does it Mean for Women?

Tue, Mar 8, 2011

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NPR KQED Radio / By Michael Krasny
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Over the past two months protest movements have transformed the face of governments across the Middle East and North Africa. As the upheaval continues, we examine the role of women in these demonstrations, and how new regimes will affect women’s rights throughout the region. Will they bring greater freedoms, or impose further constraints?

Host: Michael Krasny

  • Dr. Leila Ahmed, Egyptian-born professor at Harvard Divinity School, whose work focuses on women and religion in the Middle East, and Islam in America; her book, “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America” comes out this spring
  • Dr. Yakin Erturk, former UN special rapporteur on violence against women, and professor of sociology at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey
  • Mahnaz Afkhami, founder and president of Women’s Learning Partnership, and former minister for women’s affairs in Iran

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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