“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.
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty/ By Robert McMahon
Delegates at the United Nations have begun a review of the efforts to improve women’s rights 10 years after a Beijing conference set out goals for achieving global equality for women. Women’s Learning Partnership organized a symposium focusing on violence against women. The organization’s president, Mahnaz Afkhami, tells RFE/RL of progress in women’s skill-building and educational possibilities as well as persistent problems, including the resurgence of extremism that has been using religion and culture in order to change the balance of power even further in favor of men.
George Washington University
“Women’s rights are human rights”. Muslim women humanitarians have a history of networking and working to enrich the conditions of women worldwide. Sections of this film come from the world conference “Beijing and Beyond – Implementing the Platform in Muslim Societies” organized by the Sisterhood Is Global Institute.