Tag Archive | "Iran Women’s Movement"

Icons of the New Iran

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Nation / By Barbara Crossette In every way the unwitting victim, Neda Agha-Soltan, has become a powerful if tragic icon of a new Iran. “Once there is a level of consciousness in the civic body, civic organizations and people, you can push back some of it, but you can’t take the consciousness away from people,” Afkhami said in a conversation on Monday, recalling the active role of women in public life three decades ago. She added, “this battle between women and the government just keeps going on. Right now it shows itself vividly. Because of the election, they allowed people to come out and get together. They wanted a big demonstration of participation–and then it backfired.”

«E’ la prima rivoluzione via Internet, la guidano le donne e i blogger» (In Italian)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Corriere della Sera / By Allessandra Farkas The first web revolution, led by women and bloggers According to Mahnaz Afkhami, this is a revolution on the web since 70% of Iran’s population has access to the internet; and it is leading the upheaval on twitter, youtube and facebook. Women bloggers are the most strong-willed in the resulting network. In fact, women were the ones who, having declined to vote during the last election, pushed the conservative Moussavi to adopt more liberal position and thus chose him as a candidate.

Despite Odds, Women’s Movement Persists In Iran

Sunday, February 1, 2009

NPR Weekend Edition / By Jacki Lyden and Davar Iran Ardalan / Listen One of the most remarkable and under-reported stories in Iran is the strength and character of its women's movement. Through politics, literature, religion and poetry, women's voices have at times been like roars, and at others, like whispers of dissent. Women continue to be both targets of persecution and agents of change, and for more than a decade, NPR's Davar Ardalan and Jacki Lyden have been tracking those changes. It began in 1995 when Jacki went to Iran at a time when not many female reporters had been there.

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.

Iran’s Relations with the United States

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Washington Monthly on the Radio / By Peter Laufer and Markos Kounalakis / Listen Mahnaz Afkhami speaks of the conflict between Iran’s sophisticated civil society and a medieval set of laws, which has imposed the segregation of women (gender apartheid so to speak) in public spaces. She also mentions the possibilities offered by technology in communicating with and supporting the women’s movement in Iran.

Women, Rights, and Security in Iran

Sunday, September 14, 2008

In Der Tagesspiegel Women in Iran must be free to choose what to think, what to say, what to do, and, of course, how to relate, or not to relate, to God, writes Mahnaz Afkhami. This cannot be had if government and religion are one.

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.

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