Tag Archive | "Human Rights"

Women Suffer For Equality In Iran

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

VOA News Iranian law institutionalizes discrimination against women in a variety of ways. To change these laws, a petition campaign was started in 2006. Mahnaz Afkhami praises it as “an educational process as well as a demand for change and for reform.” The response of the Iranian government has been harsh on the women’s rights activists.

Iran: One Million Signatures to End Discrimination

Monday, July 23, 2007

Voices Unabridged / By Abigail Somma These days, when most people talk about Iran, the focus is on its nuclear program. But for a group of determined Iranian women, there’s a more pressing issue at hand. Since June 2006, human rights activists have been campaigning tirelessly for something that continues to elude Iranian women: equal rights.

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.

Promoting Lessons in Leadership for Women

Sunday, April 15, 2007

World of Education / By Claude Carroué To celebrate International Women’s Day, Afkhami will deliver the message that “in spite of the diversity of circumstances and of contexts within which we work, there is a great deal that binds us together. There are numerous strategies we can share, and our solidarity is our strength.”

Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, March 8, 2007

VOA / By Julie Vahdati A Woman’s World: Films About Muslim Women From Around The World War, violence, extremism, fundamentalism, and restrictive legislation are but the most striking of the hurdles women must overcome as they strive for the most rudimentary of rights. The 25-minute documentary tells the stories of women activists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who, working in partnership, have developed and implemented strategies to overcome these challenges.

You Can’t Judge an Iranian Woman by Her Cover

Monday, February 12, 2007

ABC News “Good Morning America” / By Diane Sawyer As strong and able as they are, Iranian women have a battle to wage. Afkhami says, Iranian women “are so very modern and so very connected to the rest of the world and so anxious for rights and so conscious of the importance of achieving those rights, and the two are just worlds apart, what they have and what they wish for.”

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.

Against All Odds: Introduction

Friday, December 1, 2006

Women’s Learning Partnership Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis. In this video the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) addresses the challenges that they face in today’s world and the value of networking in overcoming these challenges.

Partnership and Movement Building: Against All Odds

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Women's Learning Partnership Women leaders talk about the building of a global, grassroots, women’s rights movement with Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), based on a spirit of understanding and built around the felt needs of masses of women around the world.

Advocating Change for Women in Muslim Countries

Monday, November 27, 2006

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Jamal Najjab The WLP campaign for “Women as Equal Citizens: Advocating for Change in Muslim-Majority Societies” emphasizes grassroots efforts and respect of the regional culture in order to bring about reform policies as well as legislation concerning gender equality. In many countries in the Arab world, women are denied the right of nationality, a key part of citizenship. These laws undermine women’s status as equal citizens in their home countries, preventing them from participating fully in public life.

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