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CNN’s Amanpour: Panel Discussion with Activists on Women’s Rights in the Middle East

Monday, March 8, 2010

CNN / By Christiane Amanpour / Part 2; Part 3 Women's rights have advanced in many Muslim countries, but women still suffer from more inequality than anywhere else. Joining Christiane Amanpour are three women who've made it their mission to promote gender equality: the president and CEO of the Women's Learning Partnership, Mahnaz Afkhami, she's a former minister for women's affairs in Iran; Asma Khader, who is secretary general of the Jordanian National Commission for Women and a former culture minister; and Lina Abou Habib, executive director of a Lebanese organization that tries to empower women.

“It is better to work in partnership than to work alone”

Friday, March 5, 2010

New School for Social Research / By Mahnaz Afkhami Mahnaz Afkhami delivers the opening remarks during a one-day conference in cooperation with the Social Research Journal, entitled "2020 Vision: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence Against Women." The conference keynote speakers were Shirin Ebadi, Thoraya Obaid, Mary Robinson, and Melanne Verveer.

Women and Development

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“Women’s status in society has become the standard by which humanity’s progress toward civility and peace can be measured.” – Architects for Peace

Women and Culture

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“The infringement of women’s rights is usually exercised in the name of tradition, religion, social cohesion, morality, or some complex of transcendent values. Anyway, it is justified in the name of culture.” Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women’s Human Rights

Women and Culture

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“We must pose the question: why is it that the denial of the most rudimentary rights to civil treatment for women is always based on some fundamental point of culture? Is this culture real, or is it a fetish that is used to maintain some economic, social, or simply psychological privilege?” A Vision of Gender […]

Women’s Human Rights in Muslim Societies

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“To the extent that Islam, defined and interpreted by traditionalist “Muslim” men, is allowed to determine the context and contour of the debate on women’s rights, women will be on the losing side of the debate because the conclusion is already contained in the premise and reflected in the process. This is the heart of […]

Human Rights

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“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

Religion

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

“The crass infringement of women’s rights we see in the Muslim world has more to do with power, patriarchy, and misuse of religion as political weapon than with religion properly understood as individual faith.” – Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women’s Human Rights

Advancing Women A Top Clinton Goal

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The New York Times / By Janine Zacharia Internationally, women want to leverage Mrs. Clinton’s enthusiasm for advancing the rights of women and girls to win U.S. ratification of the 30-year-old Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. “I’ve never seen such awareness” in Washington, says Mahnaz Afkhami. “There is all sorts of hope that maybe this degree of seriousness will bear fruit.”

From the Margins to the Center: Women and Democracy in the Middle East (In Persian)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Washington TV / By Amir Irani-Tehrani

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 – Human Rights

"We must pose the question: why is it that the denial of the most rudimentary rights to civil treatment for women is always based on some fundamental point of culture? Is this culture real, or is it a fetish that is used to maintain some economic, social, or simply psychological privilege?" - A Vision of Gender in Culture

"Women's status in society has become the standard by which humanity's progress toward civility and peace can be measured." - Architects for Peace

"The crass infringement of women's rights we see in the Muslim world has more to do with power, patriarchy, and misuse of religion as political weapon than with religion properly understood as individual faith." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

"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