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Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Three years ago jubilant crowds in Tahrir Square in Cairo after Egypt’s dictator Mubarak, forced from power. But the women who called for democracy and equality soon witnessed a setback for the fight. Today, violence and sexual harassment against women to be a big problem in Egypt. Håkan Widman reports about WLP’s movie “Because of Our Cause is Just” and speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami.

America Abroad: Women’s Rights After the Arab Spring

Saturday, February 1, 2014

America Abroad: Women’s Rights After the Arab Spring

Mahnaz Afkhami and other experts speak on the revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as “The Arab Spring,” (which) promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women’s rights, the promise in many cases has not been realized.

Radio Pooya Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian with English transcript)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Radio Pooya Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian with English transcript)

Radio Pooya / By Shahrnush Parsipur Listen to the interview 20131208_Radio Pooya Interview_Mahnaz_Afkhami سرکار خانم افخمی با سپاس از وقتی که به رادیو پویا دادید از طریق لینک زیر میتوانید گفتگویتان را با شهرنوش پارسی پور گوش کنید این برنامه به مدت دوهفته در رادیو پویا پخش خواهد شد. رادیوی ما بیش از 25000 شنونده […]

Reader’s Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reader’s Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Afkhami and panelists discuss the classic novel “Woman at Point Zero” by Egyptian author and feminist Nawal El Saadawi which is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty ending with her facing execution–at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism. First published in Arabic in 1975.

Revolution and Women’s Rights in the Arab World

Friday, November 4, 2011

Revolution and Women’s Rights in the Arab World

Women in Tunisia, Egypt and Lybia are facing a dangerous moment, says Mahnaz Afkhami. Those who have networks, resources, and a clear, concise and appealing public message are the conservative and conservative-religious forces.

It is a moment of urgency for women to be able to catch up in time while the fundamental structures underlying these countries’ democratic development are being put in place.

Unfortunately, women are not present in these consults: they have not been included in these consults in most places.

Women & Political Upheaval

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Women & Political Upheaval

The Current – CBC Radio/ By Anna Maria Tremonti
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Women have often played leading roles in pushing for change in the Arab and Muslim worlds. But when the dust settles, the gains they think they have made are often elusive. For their thoughts on why that is and whether things may be different this time … we were joined by three women who have spent decades trying to improve the position of women in their societies.

Before the Iranian revolution, Mahnaz Afkhami was Iran’s Minister for Women’s Affairs….

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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

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?
NPR KQED Radio / By Michael Krasny / Listen

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

Monday, February 28, 2011

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

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?

One Year After Neda, 9500 Liberty, True Colors

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

One Year After Neda, 9500 Liberty, True Colors

New America Media / By Sandip Roy / Listen
A year after the controversial elections in Iran, what is the status of the opposition movement? Mahnaz Afkahmi speaks of the women who were at the forefront of protests, and of the regime’s attempt to behead the democratic movement. Indeed almost all activists from the June 2009 protests have been imprisoned, harassed, or tortured. Those who were released from prison and allowed to travel were then often tried in absentia and heavily sentenced, effectively condemning them to exile.

Women and the Future of the Middle East

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Women and the Future of the Middle East

International Museum of Women / By Clare Winterton / Listen
Mahnaz Afkhami spoke with I.M.O.W. Executive Director Clare Winterton as part of the Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change Speaker Series. Together they covered a variety of subjects, including the WLP partnership goal of changing the architecture of human relations, and Mahnaz’s hand in helping to create a new generation of powerful women in the Muslim World.

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