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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...

A Beaten Path

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

In The Berlin Journal (Number 18 Fall 2009) It is not Islam that holds women back; it is the road of patriarchy Muslim nations have taken.

Afkhami acredita que a história está do lado das mulheres (In Portuguese)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Público / Por Margarida Santos Lopes Ms Afkhami details the interrelation between her career and the recent history of the women’s rights movement in Iran. The latest post-election protests leave her optimistic about the battle for freedom and justice. She believes that history is on the side of women.

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.”

Executed But Not Forgotten: Iran’s Farrokhroo Parsay

Sunday, August 23, 2009

NPR / By Liane Hansen / Listen Host Liane Hansen interviews Mahnaz Afkhami, a former Minister of State for Women's Affairs in Iran, about Farrokhroo Parsay. Parsay was the minister of education from 1968 to 1977 and was executed after the revolution for corruption. Parsay was one of Iran's most important advocates for women's rights.

Farrokhroo Parsay

Sunday, August 23, 2009

At the time of her execution, [Ms. Parsay] wrote one of the most moving letters to her children. And in that she expressed the same courage and the same steadfast belief in her principles that she had followed all of her life. And that was that: I’m a doctor. I know what it means to […]

‘I was Iran’s last woman minister’

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

BBC World Service / By Nikki Jecks / Listen The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has announced he intends to appoint Iran’s first women cabinet ministers since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Mahnaz Afkhami was one of the last two women to take part in an Iranian government before the revolution.

Activism and the revolution

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

“Prostitution was the code word for activism during the early part of the revolution” – I Was Iran’s Last Woman Minister

Women are Driving Iran Toward Democracy

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In the Women's Learning Partnership blog The images from Iran in the last two weeks have stunned the world: hundreds of thousands of women and men marching peacefully, first in support of reformist candidates and later protesting the government’s version of the results. Women played a prominent role at every level in this movement; in fact what unfolded in Iran would not have been possible without them.

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.

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 – Iran Women’s Movement

"Now, when I look back [on the work of the WOI], it seems to me that our main mistake was not that we did not do other things which we should have done. Our main mistake was that we created conditions in which the contradictions related to modernity, progress, equality, and human rights, especially women’s rights, increased and the reaction to our work put perhaps too much pressure on the country’s social fabric." - Fate of the family protection law

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

At the time of her execution, [Ms. Parsay] wrote one of the most moving letters to her children. And in that she expressed the same courage and the same steadfast belief in her principles that she had followed all of her life. And that was that: I’m a doctor. I know what it means to die, that takes only a minute. I’m not afraid of that. What I’m afraid of is to be pressured into denying 50 years of service to women. - Executed But Not Forgotten

“Prostitution was the code word for activism during the early part of the revolution” - I Was Iran's Last Woman Minister