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Despite Odds, Women’s Movement Persists In Iran

Sunday, February 1, 2009

NPR Weekend Edition / By Jacki Lyden and Davar Iran Ardalan / Listen
Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images - Women's rights activist Shirin Ebadi has urged Iran for years to stop executing people convicted of crimes they committed under the age of 18.One of the most remarkable and under-reported stories in Iran is the strength and character of its women’s movement. Through politics, literature, religion and poetry, women’s voices have at times been like roars, and at others, like whispers of dissent. Women continue to be both targets of persecution and agents of change, and for more than a decade, NPR’s Davar Ardalan and Jacki Lyden have been tracking those changes. It began in 1995 when Jacki went to Iran at a time when not many female reporters had been there.

Security Council revisits resolution on Women, Peace and Security

Thursday, November 6, 2008

United Nations Radio / By Bissera Kostova and Sandra Guy / Listen
Mahnaz Afkhami speaks on the condition of women in Iran in the wake of a UN report on human rights in the country. While much progress has been made in education, still a number of family laws and criminal laws discriminate against women. The One Million Signatures Campaign is an effort to peacefully negotiate for change.

UN concerned over discrimination against women and torture in Iran

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

United Nations Radio / By Bissera Kostova / Listen
A UN report on human rights in Iran says the country has made progress in improving health and education for women, but still has discriminatory laws against them. Mahnaz Afkhami says the Iranian government is not justified in defending discrimination of women and practices amounting to torture as being part of Islamic law.

Iran’s Relations with the United States

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Washington Monthly on the Radio / By Peter Laufer and Markos Kounalakis / Listen
Mahnaz Afkhami speaks of the conflict between Iran’s sophisticated civil society and a medieval set of laws, which has imposed the segregation of women (gender apartheid so to speak) in public spaces. She also mentions the possibilities offered by technology in communicating with and supporting the women’s movement in Iran.

Introduction to the Brazil Training of Trainers Institute

Monday, January 28, 2008

Women’s Learning Partnership
Women’s Learning Partnership president Mahnaz Afkhami welcomes participants to the final session of the national institute for women’s leadership and training of trainers held in Brazil in 2008.

What Does Power Look Like?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

International Museum of Women “Women, Politics and Power” Exhibit / By Masum Momaya / Listen
Ms. Afkhami speaks about the women’s movement in Iran, fundamentalisms, international movement building, and concepts of leadership.

Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, March 8, 2007

VOA / By Julie Vahdati
A Woman’s World: Films About Muslim Women From Around The World
War, violence, extremism, fundamentalism, and restrictive legislation are but the most striking of the hurdles women must overcome as they strive for the most rudimentary of rights. The 25-minute documentary tells the stories of women activists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who, working in partnership, have developed and implemented strategies to overcome these challenges.

Against All Odds: Introduction

Friday, December 1, 2006

Women’s Learning Partnership
Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis. In this video the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) addresses the challenges that they face in today’s world and the value of networking in overcoming these challenges.

Partnership and Movement Building: Against All Odds

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Women’s Learning Partnership
Women leaders talk about the building of a global, grassroots, women’s rights movement with Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), based on a spirit of understanding and built around the felt needs of masses of women around the world.

Fighting the Good Fight for Women’s Lives

Saturday, September 9, 2006

NPR “All Things Considered” / By Jacki Lyden / Listen
Delegates from developing countries, many from Islamic nations, met in Washington, DC to compare notes on the struggle to advance women’s rights. “Any sort of progress toward modernism, toward what we consider egalitarian societies, involves the basic structure of the family,” Afkhami says. “All the arguments for backwardness and fundamentalism really focuses on women.”

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