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What Will Uprisings Mean For Women’s Rights In The Arab World?

Mon, Feb 28, 2011

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Tell Me More – NPR/ By Michel Martin
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Women have been at the forefront of the pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa. But will efforts at reform and revolution, lead to increased legal rights and a greater role for women in politics in Arab nations? In conjunction with the launch of a new UN agency called UN Women, and ahead of the start of Women’s History Month tomorrow, host Michel Martin puts that question to two women have made history: Mahnaz Afkhami, former Women’s Affairs Minister in pre-revolutionary Iran, and Lina Abou-Habib, a prominent Arab feminist from Lebanon.

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