Tag Archive | "Human Rights"

The Cup’s Half Full for Middle Eastern Feminists

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ms. Magazine / By Carole Joffe Despite shortcomings in its enforcement, CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)—the United Nations’ international women's rights treaty—has brought progress to women in the Middle East, according to women leaders from the region at a recent panel celebrating of its 30th anniversary.

Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story, Foreword

Monday, October 26, 2009

In Iranian Women's One Million Signatures: Campaign for Equality The Inside Story by Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani / Women's Learning Partnership Translation Series Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign for the Reform of Discriminatory Laws is an extraordinary phenomenon. It is democratic, nonhierarchical, open, and evolving in a polity that is none of those things. The campaign brings to mind the image of raindrops falling, forming rivulets, and then converging on an ever-larger scale until they become a river. The genius of the movement lies in its capacity to connect its members’ thoughts and deeds in ways that adapt and change as conditions require. The context is on the one hand the clash between an Iranian civil society with a century-old record of growing sophistication and important roles for women, and on the other an archaic legal...

Kadının fendi Ahmedinecad’ı yendi (In Turkish)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sabah / By Bilge Eser “I didn’t choose politics; I chose women’s rights.” Mahnaz Afkhami looks back on her time as Minister of Women’s Affairs in Iran before the revolution and looks forward to the future of Iran, where she believes, “women are on the winning side which is the side of history.”

Women Inspiring Women

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Forbes / By Francesca Donner More than a month has elapsed since Iran’s fated election and the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan, which stood out among countless others as a symbol of her country’s turmoil. But as the public protests continue, something big is going on behind the scenes: Women far beyond Iran’s borders are taking cues from one another and learning to become their own champions for change.

Culture, Democracy, and Women’s Human Rights in Muslim Majority Societies

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

At The American Academy in Berlin / Watch The most taxing contradiction women leaders in Muslim countries face today is the one between the demands of modernity and the requirements of tradition as determined in advance by the modern Islamist world view. At the center of this conflict is the dilemna of Muslim women’s human rights: whether muslim women have rights because they are human beings or whether they have rights because they are Muslim women.

Security Council revisits resolution on Women, Peace and Security

Thursday, November 6, 2008

United Nations Radio / By Bissera Kostova and Sandra Guy / Listen Mahnaz Afkhami speaks on the condition of women in Iran in the wake of a UN report on human rights in the country. While much progress has been made in education, still a number of family laws and criminal laws discriminate against women. The One Million Signatures Campaign is an effort to peacefully negotiate for change.

UN concerned over discrimination against women and torture in Iran

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

United Nations Radio / By Bissera Kostova / Listen A UN report on human rights in Iran says the country has made progress in improving health and education for women, but still has discriminatory laws against them. Mahnaz Afkhami says the Iranian government is not justified in defending discrimination of women and practices amounting to torture as being part of Islamic law.

گفتگوی نوشین احمدی خراسانی با مهناز افخمی، دومین وزیر

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

زن در ایران-5 مهر 1387 مدرسه فمینیستی: مهناز افخمی که دومین زن در ایران است که به مقاوم وزارت رسید، در سال 1355 به عنوان «وزیر مشاور در امور زنان» انتخاب شد. افخمی در سال 1319 در کرمان به دنیا آمد. او از سال 1349 به مدت 8 سال دبیر کل «سازمان زنان ایران» بود […]

Reform and Regression: The Fate of the Family Protection Law

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Feminist School / By Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani Afkhami speaks about the historical context of family law advocacy in Iran, interactions of women’s movement activists and policy makers and government, and the role of patriarchy in promulgation of the laws that govern relations in the family and between family and society, offering insights for legislative advocacy in changing political and social circumstances and providing an example of how internal/external engagement and national/international communication can be used to the benefit of women.

Engendering IT Tools: WLP Partners Share ICT Advocacy Strategies

Sunday, October 12, 2008

AWID / By Women's Learning Partnership On September 5th, 2008, Women’s Learning Partnership presented a panel at the National Endowment for Democracy entitled “Technology for Women’s Rights Advocacy and Democracy Building. Mahnaz Afkhami introduced the discussion saying, “International movement building in the 21st century and involvement of youth in advocacy will be made possible largely through technology.”

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