Tag Archive | "Iran Women’s Movement"

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.

Women’s Movement in Iran

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Voices Unabridged Since June 2006, human rights activists have been campaigning tirelessly to collect a million signatures demanding the Iranian government change laws that discriminate against women. The campaign began as an organic movement of women activists taking to the streets and approaching strangers with information and a petition. “They go almost door to door and wherever women are gathered,” says Mahnaz Afkhami.

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.”

Women in Iran from 1800 to the Islamic Republic: A Review

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Historian / Book Review by Jonathan G. Katz The ten chapters of this book, a sequel to the editors' Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800, reflect several disciplinary approaches. Historians Guity Nashat and Shireen Mahdavi deal with royal marriage and European contacts during the Qajar period. Mansoureh Ettehadieh discusses the participation of women in the 1906 Constitutional Revolution and the faltering gains made during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi. Mahnaz Afkhami, a former secretary-general of the Women's Organization of Iran, outlines the work of the semiofficial social service agency during the last decade of the Pahlavi period. Haleh Esfandiari examines the role of women parliamentarians both before and after the Islamic revolution.

Iranian Regime Erases Progress on Women’s Rights

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

The Washington Times / By Xin Li The marriageable age for Iranian women can be a barometer of progress toward equal rights. When Ayatollah Ruholla Kkomeini overthrew the Shah in 1979, the marriageable age was reduced from eighteen to nine.

Betty Friedan, Mahnaz Afkhami and Iran (In Persian)

Monday, February 6, 2006

گفتگو با مهناز افخمی بمناسبت درگذشت بتی فريدن، فعال حقوق زنان آمريک (VOA Persian) On the passing of Betty Friedan, Mahnaz Afkhami looks back on Betty Friedan's visit to Iran in 1974, and their subsequent work together in the United States.

Women Weigh Khatami’s Legacy on Gender Issues

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty / By Bill Samii and Fatemeh Aman Khatami’s election victory on 23 May 1997 owed a great deal to support from female voters. As he leaves office, observers debate how much he managed to achieve for Iranian women. Mahnaz Afkhami suggested that, “when the basic principles of democracy and human rights are not respected, the presence of a few women in the presidential race is irrelevant.”

IAPAC Honors Accomplishments of Iranian Women

Friday, June 25, 2004

Payvand The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) recently celebrated the accomplishments of Iranian women and honored Mahnaz Afkhami, Women's Learning Partnership CEO, Mehrangiz Kar, human rights activist, and Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate.

Reflections on Women’s Security in Iran

Sunday, May 30, 2004

In Gozaar: A Forum on Human Rights and Democracy in Iran If human beings, including Iranian women, are to be free, which is an essential prerequisite of their security, they must be in a position to choose freely what to think, what to say, what to do, and, of course, how to relate, or not to relate, to God. This cannot be had if government and religion are one.

And The Winner Is…

Friday, October 10, 2003

WBUR Boston NPR / Listen Shirin Ebadi becomes the first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize. Ms. Afkhami’s reaction is one of pure joy for Shirin Ebadi as well as for women representatives from around the world, especially in Muslim-majority countries. “It is fantastic to see this kind of support for voices of moderation, voices of reason”.

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