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Human Rights

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Rights and empowerment are interconnected: unless a substantial number of women in a community come to believe that they have rights and demand to exercise them, right remains an abstraction.” – Faith and Freedom

Religion

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“The crass infringement of women’s rights we see in the Muslim world has more to do with power, patriarchy, and misuse of religion as political weapon than with religion properly understood as individual faith.” – Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women’s Human Rights

Religion

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Islam is not the problem. Rather it is the misuse of Islam by interpreting it to fit the needs of the partriarchal order – the powers that be – and the privileges that one gender has held over the other.” – How are women working to eliminate violence against women in Muslim-majority societies?

Religion

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Religious zeal makes democracy problematic because it turns every attempt at understand and compromise – the hallmarks of democracy – into an evidentiary test of religious righteousness.” – Rights of Passage

Religion

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Women ought not to be forced to choose between freedom and God.” – Rights of Passage

Power

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“We must subordinate power in all its manifestations to our shared humane values.” – Architects for Peace

Patriarchy

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Many women now realize that their problem is not simply how to contend with men, but also how to re-imagine and help reconstruct a social order that has entrapped both men and women.” – Leading To Choices

Patriarchy

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“The values we have developed as feminists cannot be achieved within a patriarchal setting—whether local, national, or global. On the other hand, to ignore the systemic forces that shape our interactive lives is to become Quixotic.” – Rights of Passage

Islamic Traditionism, and Colonialism

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“For most of the Third World the experience of colonialism led the dialectic of encounter to an intellectual impasse by positing the ‘other’ as the enemy. As so much of the ‘other’ is appropriated in the developmental process, the enemy steals within and the impasse, intellectual and political at first, becomes a pathology of self-denial. […]

Leadership and Communicative Relations

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“We must change the meaning of success by turning hierarchical relations into communicative relations – leadership by command into leadership by sharing and consensus.” – Rights of Passage

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