Mahnaz Afkhami speaks Human Rights Activists in Iran’s monthly e-journal Peace-Mark about a society with justice and equity and the challenges that women face in Iran and the region.
Culture is not always worth preserving. This sentiment was echoed throughout the panels and workshops at “Breaking Barriers: What it will take to achieve security, justice and peace,” a recent conference at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The three-day conference drew 150 delegates, mostly women, from nearly 50 countries to discuss working solutions for developing sustainable peace.
“When I was conceptualizing (WLP’s first) leadership manual many years ago we thought once the English prototype was tested in various settings, each country would choose local narratives to replace the international ones,” Afkhami said. “Much to our surprise, everyone wanted to keep most of the scenarios from other places because of just that fact. They all wanted to engage in specific problem-solving with an understanding of the similarities in the condition of women across cultures.”
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In The Berlin Journal (Number 18 Fall 2009)
It is not Islam that holds women back; it is the road of patriarchy Muslim nations have taken.
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.
In Der Tagesspiegel
Women in Iran must be free to choose what to think, what to say, what to do, and, of course, how to relate, or not to relate, to God, writes Mahnaz Afkhami. This cannot be had if government and religion are one.
In Gozaar: A Forum on Human Rights and Democracy in Iran
If human beings, including Iranian women, are to be free, which is an essential prerequisite of their security, they must be in a position to choose freely what to think, what to say, what to do, and, of course, how to relate, or not to relate, to God. This cannot be had if government and religion are one.
Iran Dokht / By Pari Esfandiari
Pari Esfandiari Interviews Gissou Azarnia on “Clash or Consensus?- Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World,” a conference held at John Hopkins University in Washington D.C. and sponsored by the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace.
The Middle East Women’s Studies Review / By Abby Jenkins, Megan Brown, Sian MacAdam
More than 250 activists, academics, policy-makers, and organizational and religious leaders from over 20 countries gathered at Women’s Learning Partnership’s human security conference, “Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World” in Washington, DC, USA, on October 8-9, 2003. Organized in collaboration with the Global Fund for Women, the conference provided a forum for women leaders and human security experts from the Global South–particularly from Muslim societies–to explore ways to discuss and define human security goals and challenges from a perspective that is people-centered.