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Women and Human Rights

Friday, April 1, 2016

“Women are now in a position to consider that our demands should evolve along with our evolving consciousness and the growing awareness around the world that women’s rights are human rights. We are now ready to accept full responsibility as citizens of the world to think about a new vision for all citizens of that […]

Women’s Organization of Iran

Monday, July 27, 2015

“In our approach to the unequal status of women in Iran and the ways we developed our strategies, we went from evidential experience to theory–we did not start with a theoretical assumption and try to fit reality to it. Our only presupposition was that the status of women in our country was unequal and that […]

Women’s Human Rights Movement

Sunday, September 1, 2013

“Over the past several decades… We’ve come a long way. And there’s still a long way to go. But with the tools and strategies that we have created together – one woman at a time, one organization at a time – we’re getting there. We know our cause is just. We are committed. We are […]

Women’s Organization of Iran

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Now, when I look back [on the work of the WOI], it seems to me that our main mistake was not that we did not do other things which we should have done. Our main mistake was that we created conditions in which the contradictions related to modernity, progress, equality, and human rights, especially women’s […]

Women, Leadership and Empowerment

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“To play their role properly, women everywhere must become far more involved in the affairs of their respective societies. Women must become empowered.” Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women

Women and Development

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Women’s status in society has become the standard by which humanity’s progress toward civility and peace can be measured.” – Architects for Peace

Women and Culture

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“The infringement of women’s rights is usually exercised in the name of tradition, religion, social cohesion, morality, or some complex of transcendent values. Anyway, it is justified in the name of culture.” Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women’s Human Rights

Women and Culture

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“We must pose the question: why is it that the denial of the most rudimentary rights to civil treatment for women is always based on some fundamental point of culture? Is this culture real, or is it a fetish that is used to maintain some economic, social, or simply psychological privilege?” A Vision of Gender […]

Women’s Human Rights in Muslim Societies

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“To the extent that Islam, defined and interpreted by traditionalist “Muslim” men, is allowed to determine the context and contour of the debate on women’s rights, women will be on the losing side of the debate because the conclusion is already contained in the premise and reflected in the process. This is the heart of […]

Technology

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“The new information technology, indifferent to human suffering, does not accommodate humane needs unless we harness it and make it do so.” Leading To Choices

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