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Towards Global Feminism: A Muslim Perspective

Monday, July 1, 1996

TowardsGlobalFeminismIn Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed / edited by Diane Bell and Renate Klein (eds.)
The virtue of the global position is that it partakes of the wisdom of all cultures and that it accommodates differences in the levels of economic and social development without succumbing to either the normlessness of cultural relativism or the self-righteous parochialism of any particular culture.

Identity and Culture: Women as Subjects and Agents of Cultural Change

Monday, January 1, 1996

IdentityCultureIn From Basic Needs to Basic Rights / The Institute for Women, Law, and Development
The point of women’s struggle for rights is cultural change, that is, changing attitudes, behaviors, and laws that have a negative impact on women’s human rights. Such a struggle would be meaningless if women did not agree that there are rights beyond those prescribed by the traditional culture and that these rights are nevertheless valid everywhere.

Resisting Fundamentalisms

Sunday, October 1, 1995

yellow (cc) Anthony ChammondIn Canadian Human Rights Foundation Newsletter
Fundamentalism is a militant reaction to modernism; fundamentalists are found in all societies and religions. Women have always bore the brunt of the fundamentalist assault, and resisting fundamentalisms is of vital importance to the cause of women’s human rights globally. Our solidarity and unity are our greatest weapons in resisting fundamentalisms.

Middle Eastern Women and Human Rights

Saturday, January 1, 1994

MiddleEasternWomenAndHumanRightsIn Women, Culture and Society: A Reader

Rethinking Women’s Human Rights in the Middle East

Wednesday, January 1, 1992

balloon (cc) Roger SmithIn Women, Culture and Society: A Reader
Middle Eastern women leaders, as indeed other women leaders, need to transcend their parochial cultures and achieve the ability to look at women’s condition, which is in a significant sense the human condition, from a global view­ point. They must become global leaders, for oth­erwise they will not be able to defend and promote rights that are historically valid against accusations that they are instruments of imperial­ist domination.

Iran: A Future In The Past–The “Prerevolutionary” Women’s Movement

Sunday, January 1, 1984

IranAFutureInThePastIn Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology / Robin Morgan (ed.)
The struggle of Iranian women during and after the “revolution,” and their presence in all social and political movements, means that what they have gained in terms of awareness, organizational experience, and political consciousness must be taken into account. The future must begin at the point when persecution drove the feminist movement underground. It is with this belief that, although I must discuss the Iranian women’s movement in the past tense, I speak of it not as a thing of the past, but as a strong foundation for the enormous work lying ahead.

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