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«E’ la prima rivoluzione via Internet, la guidano le donne e i blogger» (In Italian)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Corriere della Sera / By Allessandra Farkas
The first web revolution, led by women and bloggers
According to Mahnaz Afkhami, this is a revolution on the web since 70% of Iran’s population has access to the internet; and it is leading the upheaval on twitter, youtube and facebook. Women bloggers are the most strong-willed in the resulting network. In fact, women were the ones who, having declined to vote during the last election, pushed the conservative Moussavi to adopt more liberal position and thus chose him as a candidate.

Muslim Women on Talibanization

Monday, May 11, 2009

Urdu VOA News / By Tabinda Naeem
Mahnaz Afkhami, president of the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace and Sabira Qureshi, Women and Human Rights Activist and Ex Member of the Pakistan Commission on the Status of Women voice their thoughts about increasing extremist approach of Taliban on women rights in Islam and how women of Pakistan can stop this religious extremism.

Musawah – How Do You Say Equality?

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Jerusalem Report / By Mona Eltahawy
“I feel like someone opened a window into my mind and let in the fresh air. It feels so good!” The young Egyptian woman and I were among 250 activists and scholars from 47 countries brought together in mid-February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the launch of Musawah, a global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family.

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.

How are women working to eliminate violence against women in Muslim-majority societies?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

AWID Resource Net / By Rochelle Jones
AWID highlights the efforts of Muslim women to eliminate violence against women, as discussed in the recently released report from the International Symposium entitled “Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies.” The Symposium was convened by the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP) in March 2005.

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.

گفتگوی نوشین احمدی خراسانی با مهناز افخمی، دومین وزیر

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

زن در ایران-5 مهر 1387 مدرسه فمینیستی: مهناز افخمی که دومین زن در ایران است که به مقاوم وزارت رسید، در سال 1355 به عنوان «وزیر مشاور در امور زنان» انتخاب شد. افخمی در سال 1319 در کرمان به دنیا آمد. او از سال 1349 به مدت 8 سال دبیر کل «سازمان زنان ایران» بود […]

Reform and Regression: The Fate of the Family Protection Law

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Feminist School / By Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani
Afkhami speaks about the historical context of family law advocacy in Iran, interactions of women’s movement activists and policy makers and government, and the role of patriarchy in promulgation of the laws that govern relations in the family and between family and society, offering insights for legislative advocacy in changing political and social circumstances and providing an example of how internal/external engagement and national/international communication can be used to the benefit of women.

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.

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