Archive | Quotables

ICTs for Women’s Empowerment and Social Change

Saturday, March 1, 2008

“[Modern information technology] has the potential to empower women in ways unprecedented in the social and cultural evolution of human history” – Making IT Our Own: Introduction

Women’s Political Representation

Sunday, June 11, 2006

“Women’s representation in political life worldwide is less than 14 per cent” – Women’s Conference Opens in Jordan

A Culture of Reason

Monday, September 22, 2003

“If we define disagreements in terms of our fundamental values, then clearly we nourish the roots of extremism. We need to begin to encourage a culture of reason, practicality, and consensus.” – Clash or Consensus

More Than An Absence of War

Monday, April 1, 2002

“The promotion of a culture of peace requires more than an absence of war” – Our Shared Human Values

Bold and Creative

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

“We must be bold and creative, our feet firmly grounded in the realities that surround us, but our gaze aimed at the lofty possibilities that our advancements in science and technology promise and that our growth as a global society is only beginning to comprehend.” – Toward A Compassionate Society

Cultural Relativism

Saturday, January 1, 2000

“The central problem of cultural relativism is that it must deny rights to women (or men) who have become aware that they posess rights because they possess an identity that is theirs independently of the community to which they belong.” – Cultural Relativism And Women’s Human Rights

A Political Voice

Wednesday, January 1, 1997

“Activism women realize that awareness of rights is the first step in gaining a political voice and the political power to gain rights.” – Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation

Dilemna of Muslim Women’s Human Rights

Sunday, January 1, 1995

“The most taxing contradiction [Muslim women] face casts the demands of living in the contemporary world against the requirements of tradition as determined and advanced by the modern Islamist world view. At the center of this conflict is the dilemna of Muslim women’s human rights – whether Muslim women have rights because they are human […]

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