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Muslim Women Hear The Call Of A Storyteller

Saturday, February 6, 1999

The New York Times / By Barbara Crossette Shaharazad, a young woman of Baghdad who told 1,001 spellbinding stories to an Arab king hundreds of years ago, is getting a powerful new image as a feminist icon, a provocative role model and an inspiration for Muslim women who are seeking to take a stronger role in Islamic society without abandoning their religion or their culture.

Muslim Woman Leads Global Fight For Feminism

Monday, March 9, 1998

Daily Nebraskan / By Amanda Schindler "Rights are not Western, Eastern, Islamic or Christian," Afkhami said. "They are human."

Sisterhood Is Global Institute Presents Human Rights Manual at MEI

Friday, October 31, 1997

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Janet McMahon The Middle East Institute hosted Mahnaz Afkhami, executive director of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), and Haleh Vaziri, currently a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies, co-authors of Claiming Our Rights: A Women’s Human Rights Education Manual, for a July 14 discussion of the SIGI publication. To date, the manual has been field-tested in five countries—Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Uzbekistan—and the results of that research will be incorporated into a new edition.

Promoting Women’s Rights in the Muslim World

Tuesday, April 1, 1997

In Journal of Democracy To gain the strength necessary to meet the challenges they face, women around the world must come together in a spirit of global cooperation. Through its conferences and workshops, its human rights education project, its urgent action alert system, and its outreach program and publications, SIGI is working to create an atmosphere of understanding and solidarity among women that transcends divisions based on race, nationality, class, religion, and political orientation.

Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation: Introduction

Wednesday, January 1, 1997

After the Beijing conference, concern with women’s rights and the advancement of women shifted from debating and formulating policies to finding practical ways to transform plans and commitments into action. To this end, Sisterhood Is Global Institute called a conference, Beijing and Beyond: Implementing the Platform for Action in Muslim Societies, focusing on political decision making and leadership. The enthusiastic response to the conference and many inquiries about it prompted the creation of this book. To the best of the authors’ knowledge this is the first book devoted entirely to the discussion of these problems, of the ways, means, and possibilities for the implementation of the Platform for Action in Muslim societies.

A Manual On Rights Of Women Under Islam

Sunday, December 29, 1996

Towards Global Feminism: A Muslim Perspective

Monday, July 1, 1996

In Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed / edited by Diane Bell and Renate Klein (eds.) The virtue of the global position is that it partakes of the wisdom of all cultures and that it accommodates differences in the levels of economic and social development without succumbing to either the normlessness of cultural relativism or the self-righteous parochialism of any particular culture.

Women’s Rights Gaining Attention Within Islam

Thursday, May 16, 1996

The New York Times / By Barbara Crossette / Also in Persian Individuals and women’s rights groups are applying pressure for change. They want the right to education, both secular and religious; they seek changes in economic practices to allow women to own and inherit property; they also want reform in Muslim family laws that often leave women at the mercy of men.

Muslim Women’s Rights Leaders Speak: “Beijing and Beyond”

Saturday, May 11, 1996

George Washington University “Women’s rights are human rights”. Muslim women humanitarians have a history of networking and working to enrich the conditions of women worldwide. Sections of this film come from the world conference “Beijing and Beyond – Implementing the Platform in Muslim Societies” organized by the Sisterhood Is Global Institute.

Identity and Culture: Women as Subjects and Agents of Cultural Change

Monday, January 1, 1996

In From Basic Needs to Basic Rights / The Institute for Women, Law, and Development The point of women’s struggle for rights is cultural change, that is, changing attitudes, behaviors, and laws that have a negative impact on women’s human rights. Such a struggle would be meaningless if women did not agree that there are rights beyond those prescribed by the traditional culture and that these rights are nevertheless valid everywhere.

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