Bennoune lays out a critique of Muslim fundamentalism, not from a crude "war on terror" viewpoint, but from a human rights perspective...A dilemma for women is whether to challenge the fundamentalists on religious terms. Opinion is divided. Afkhami (says) "...If you're a woman, the guy who is the general in the religious army is not even going to pay the slightest attention to what your view of the text is."
It is now almost 40 years that Mahnaz Afkhami has been fighting for women's rights and against all sorts of gender apartheid...Did all of the achievements (that she worked for) vanish overnight in 1979 when the mullahs took over? Afkhami believes that the movement never stopped and says, "The green movement in Iran is the continuation of what had been started nearly a century before..."
“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. […]
Urdu VOA News / By Tabinda Naeem
Mahnaz Afkhami, president of the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace and Sabira Qureshi, Women and Human Rights Activist and Ex Member of the Pakistan Commission on the Status of Women voice their thoughts about increasing extremist approach of Taliban on women rights in Islam and how women of Pakistan can stop this religious extremism.
Washington Monthly on the Radio / By Peter Laufer and Markos Kounalakis / Listen
Mahnaz Afkhami speaks of the conflict between Iran’s sophisticated civil society and a medieval set of laws, which has imposed the segregation of women (gender apartheid so to speak) in public spaces. She also mentions the possibilities offered by technology in communicating with and supporting the women’s movement in Iran.
Women Living Under Muslim Law and Sisterhood Is Global Institute
In Globalizing Women : Transnational Feminist Networks/ Valentine M. Moghadam (ed.)
This chapter examines two Transnational Feminist Networks (TFNs)--Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Sisterhood Is Global Institute (SIGI), as well as a newer TFN that operates in the Muslim world: the Women's Learning Partnership for Peace, Development, and Rights (WLP). These TFNs call for the advancement, equality, and human rights of women in the Muslim world, and urge governments to implement the UN-sponsored Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, along with the Beijing Platform for Action. As advocates of democratization, civil society, and women's rights, they are fierce opponents of fundamentalism, and have taken positions against those versions of cultural relativism and multiculturalism that undermine women's equality and autonomy in the name of respect for cultural or religious traditions. They also have paid special attention to the violations of women's human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Algeria, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nigeria.
In Canadian Human Rights Foundation Newsletter
Fundamentalism is a militant reaction to modernism; fundamentalists are found in all societies and religions. Women have always bore the brunt of the fundamentalist assault, and resisting fundamentalisms is of vital importance to the cause of women's human rights globally. Our solidarity and unity are our greatest weapons in resisting fundamentalisms.
Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World
1995 / Syracuse University Press and I.B. Tauris / Edited
"A gripping combination of serious scholarship and popularising" - MESA Bulletin
Faith and Freedom is the first detailed study to emphasize Muslim women's rights as human rights and to explore the existing patriarchal structures and processes that present women's human rights as contradictory to Islam. Academics and activists, most of whom live in the Muslim world, discuss the major issues facing women of the region as they enter the twenty-first century. They demonstrate how the cultural segregation of women, and the monopoly on the interpretation...