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Women and Economy

Monday, December 17, 2001

NPR “Morning Edition” / By Kathleen Schalch / Listen
Economists have long argued that countries with fundamentalist regimes suffer economically because women are not allowed to participate. Afkhami recalls that when she was a high-ranking government official in Iran, she was legally restricted from traveling without her husband’s permission.

Perspectives From An Iranian Feminist

Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Chicago Public Radio “Worldview” / By Jerome McDonnell / Listen
Jerome McDonnell speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami – of her work, her books, her life in the women’s movement in the US and Iran, and how it all began.

Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces: Knowledge Divides

Thursday, June 1, 2000

New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
Technology and information are wealth and power. Women must gain equal access to technology and information, and become cultural producers themselves. Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami of WLP, Sociologist Alia Arasoughly, Noeleen Heyzer of UNIFEM, and Najat Rochdi of the Morocco Internet Society.

Iran And Its National Debate On The Merits of Democracy

Friday, January 21, 2000

WAMU American University Radio “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” / By Kojo Nnamdi / Listen
Since the election of the reformist President Mohammed Khatemi in Iran two years ago, Iran’s conservatives have engaged in a heated political battle with an active reformist movement calling for democratic initiatives. Kojo and guests discuss Iran’s national debate on the merits of democracy.

Iran: Leadership

Sunday, August 22, 1999

NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” / By Ted Clark / Listen
NPR reports on the power struggle now going on in Iran between those who want to maintain hardline fundamental policies and those who want democratic reform. “It is not a minor squabble… it is a deep search for a change that will bring democratic processes… It will affect the whole region,” Afkhami says.

New Year

Sunday, March 22, 1998

NPR “All Things Considered” / By Daniel Zwerdling / Listen
The spring equinox marks the Persian new year. NPR visits the home of Gholam and Mahnaz Afkhami to learn about Noh Ruz, which literally means new day. It is neither a religious nor patriotic holiday, but nonetheless, Persians around the world take part in the celebration.

Prose, Politics and Power: Conversations with Muslim Women Leaders

Sunday, May 12, 1996

Sisterhood Is Global Institute
Muslim women leaders discuss fiction in Muslim-majority societies as capable of creating a room for dialogue, for subversion and for empowerment. They reflect on the example of Scheherazade, and the richness and variety of the legacy in Islam.

Muslim Women’s Rights Leaders Speak: “Beijing and Beyond”

Saturday, May 11, 1996

George Washington University
“Women’s rights are human rights”. Muslim women humanitarians have a history of networking and working to enrich the conditions of women worldwide. Sections of this film come from the world conference “Beijing and Beyond – Implementing the Platform in Muslim Societies” organized by the Sisterhood Is Global Institute.

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