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Tag Archive | "Empowerment"

What Does Power Look Like?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

International Museum of Women “Women, Politics and Power” Exhibit / By Masum Momaya / Listen Ms. Afkhami speaks about the women’s movement in Iran, fundamentalisms, international movement building, and concepts of leadership.

Human Rights: Against All Odds

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Margeret Hall The film addresses the thin line between promoting human development and women’s development. Those places where women are least empowered often are undergoing simultaneous problems such as sustained violence and economic underdevelopment. In presenting women’s rights to the community in such cases it is helpful to couple women’s development with other civil-society improvement measures.

What’s Being Done On … Effective Networking?

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

World Movement for Democracy Our greatest problems are the growth of extremism and fundamentalism, which always affects women’s activism, and authoritarian governments that are now both more threatened by current political conditions and also more prone to use these conditions as a reason for tightening their hold on civil society.

Learning Center Conducts Workshops on Empowerment of Women

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

VOA News / Listen An organization headquartered in Washington is dedicated to strengthening women’s leadership, communications, and advocacy skills. Its president describes the ways that women are being helped to contribute to democracy and peace building in their nations.

Women Can Do Much Once They Realize Their Power

Friday, September 24, 2004

The Daily Star / By Jessy Chahine Once women come to realize that they can have a say and that working together brings power, countless ideas and civic organizations come about, said Mahnaz Afkhami during an international meeting to discuss the empowerment of women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Leadership and Learning Societies

Sunday, July 1, 2001

In Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women To lead is to communicate. For leadership to exist, we need at least two people who in some way relate to each other. No one can lead in isolation. Leadership, therefore, is a form of communication. Leadership is also an influence process; it is about going somewhere. To go somewhere, one needs to have a goal, a vision. Leadership, therefore, cannot be aimless. It has to have direction or it is not leadership.

Leading to Choices:

Monday, January 1, 2001

A Leadership Training Handbook for Women 2001 / Women's Learning Partnership / Bethesda, MD Co-authored; Published in 17 languages; available online. Leading to Choices is based on a conceptualization of leadership as horizontal, inclusive, and participatory. The handbook includes a flexible curriculum that may be adapted and customized to suit the diverse cultural, political and socio-economic needs of women and men around the world. At the heart of each workshop session is a case study or scenario depicting...

Muslim Women and The Politics of Participation:

Wednesday, January 1, 1997

Implementing the Beijing Platform 1997 / Syracure University Press / Syracuse, NY Co-edited with Erika Friedl; introduction available online. Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation is about ways of promoting women's participation in the affairs of Muslim societies: from raising consciousness and changing codes of law to penetrating the economic markets and influencing national and international policies. This collection of essays by activists and politicians challenges stereotypes about Muslim women and ...

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

Quotables – Empowerment

"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

"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

"Women's empowerment is a process, a holistic approach that involves raising consciousness, building skills and reforming unjust laws that limit women's education, their employment, their participation in decision making, and above all, their opportunities for economic independence." - Freedom Leads To Empowerment

"[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