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Challenging the Architecture of Human Relations

Monday, April 18, 2011

Challenging the Architecture of Human Relations

“The essential problem in relation to our predicament as women, but also with our world, is the architecture of human relations – a system of social organization that is based on hierarchy. This architecture is all pervasive from the family to the state and it holds across the world. We decided that we cannot “fix” what ails women without attending to what ails the world”. Mahnaz Afkhami talks to Deniz Kandiyoti.

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of Women Affairs in Pahlavi-era Iran

BBC Persian News – by Maryam Ghanbarzadeh

Women’s organizations in Iran were commonplace in the period before the Islamic Revolution and largely run by women volunteers who served in the early fifties [text continues in Persian]….

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?

Mahnaz Afkhami: Minister for Women’s Affairs. Wanted in Iran.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mahnaz Afkhami: Minister for Women’s Affairs.  Wanted in Iran.
Nerikes Allehanda – By Inger Nordahl
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What hides behind gender-based violence is often a patriarchal society, where the struggle for equality can seem impossible.
As an Iranian, Mahnaz Afkhami understands this. In the 1970s she was named one of the world’s first-ever ministers of women’s affairs. She succeeded in changing the conditions for Iranian women, including investments in child care and paid maternity leave. Then came the revolution. [Text continues in Swedish…]

Tavaana Interview–Campaign: Change for Equality in Iran (In Persian)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tavaana Interview–Campaign: Change for Equality in Iran (In Persian)

Tavaana interviewed Mahnaz Afkhami on why working for women and feminists in Iran is more difficult than before.

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.

KQED Interview: Women in the Middle East

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

KQED Forum with Michael Krasny interviews Mahnaz Afkhami, Isobel Coleman, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and on women, social change and social justice in the Middle East.

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