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Tag Archive | "Iran Women’s Movement"

What’s Going On In Iran?

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

PBS “Think Tank” / By Ben Wattenberg President Bush has proclaimed Iran a member of the Axis of Evil. The Islamic State has come under international scrutiny for its alleged development of nuclear weapons and for its long-standing support of terrorism. From within, Iran’s leaders are the focus of a growing protest movement, demanding major reforms. Might there be a revolution?

Iran: Theocracy and Democracy

Monday, April 28, 2003

WAMU American University Radio “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” / By Kojo Nnamdi / Listen As Iraq’s Shiite Muslims emerge from Saddam’s shadow, we go inside neighboring Iran to examine a government they may emulate – one that adds a splash of democracy to a religious theocracy. Afkhami says that in Iran elections include pre-selected candidates, chosen according to values in line with theocratic arrangements.

Women, State, and Society in Iran, 1963-1978

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, secretary general of Women’s Organization of Iran (WOI), 1970-1978, and Iran’s minister of women’s affairs, 1975-1978. 2003 / Foundation for Iranian Studies / Bethesda, MD Gholam Reza Afkhami, ed. Iranian women gained significant rights and became considerably more active and effective socially, politically, and economically between 1963 and 1978. Mahnaz Afkhami was secretary general of the Women’s Organization of Iran (WOI), 1970-1978, and Iran’s minister of women’s affairs, 1975-1978. In this book she discusses how women propelled the progress they made in Iran’s patriarchal society, how the government’s worldview, politics, and policies affected their progress, and how relevant to their cause was their presence on the international scene and...

Women’s Movements In Iran

Sunday, June 23, 2002

IranDokht / By Massoume Price The second half of the nineteenth century was the beginning of fundamental structural and ideological transformations in Iran and the start of the women’s movement that is still going on.

The Women’s Organization of Iran: Evolutionary Politics and Revolutionary Change

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

In Women in Iran From the Rise of Islam to the Islamic Republic / Lois Beck and Guity Nashat (eds.) / 2002 This article is an account of the women's movement in pre-revolutionary Iran. The focus is on the activities of the Women's Organization of Iran (WOI) and its interactions with the government, the court, the clergy, and other conservative forces during the two decades preceding the Islamic revolution. Much of the article, particularly where the story of WOI is concerned, is based on the author's personal knowledge and experience as WOI's secretary general between 1970 and 1978.

Perspectives From An Iranian Feminist

Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Chicago Public Radio "Worldview" / By Jerome McDonnell / Listen Jerome McDonnell speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami – of her work, her books, her life in the women’s movement in the US and Iran, and how it all began.

At the Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity: Personal Reflection

Friday, November 3, 2000

In SAIS Review / The Johns Hopkins University Press Women in Muslim societies are not helpless. They have powerful potential. Because the problems of tradition and modernity are posed more vividly for them, they are at the forefront of the struggle to reconcile the universality of human rights with the specificity of religious and cultural contexts. They are the future of Muslim societies, if the future is to accord with democracy and civility. Because of the growing disparity between North and South in access to information, the most pivotal need at the moment is to provide women of the South with the necessary tools to participate in the global dialogue that increasingly affects decisions about economic transfers, grassroots developments, gender parity, and individual rights, among others.

Iran: Leadership

Sunday, August 22, 1999

NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” / By Ted Clark / Listen NPR reports on the power struggle now going on in Iran between those who want to maintain hardline fundamental policies and those who want democratic reform. “It is not a minor squabble… it is a deep search for a change that will bring democratic processes… It will affect the whole region,” Afkhami says.

Shaharazad Then And Now

Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Delinda C. Hanley The Freer Gallery and the Sisterhood is Global Institute co-sponsored on April 15 a lively panel discussion in the Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium in Washington, DC. The panelists discussed the powerful literary character Shaharazad from 1001 Nights and related her “subversive” survival plan to present-day Muslim women and subversive methods they use to improve their lives.

Women Will Win In February

Monday, January 4, 1999

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty Ms. Borujerdi, deputy interior minister for women’s affairs, stated that 25 percent of the municipal council seats in Iran must go to women. This positive note was echoed by Mahnaz Afkhami of the Sisterhood Is Global Institute in an interview with RFE/RL’s Persian Service on 24 December.

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