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A Peaceful Revolution: Review of the Activities and Achievements of the Women’s Organization of Iran (In Persian)

Wednesday, January 1, 1997

In Iran Nameh / A Peaceful Revolution: Review of the Activities and Achievements of the Women's Organization of Iran

Women in Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Feminist Perspective

Saturday, January 1, 1994

Chapter 1 of In The Eye of The Storm: Women in Post-revolutionary Iran What is to be understood from this brief history? First, traditional societies oppress women everywhere. Second, Iranian women achieved the rights they possessed at the beginning of the Islamic revolution through their own hard and persistent effort. Third, without the support of the modernizing state and its political organs, women's rights are unattainable in an Islamic society. Fourth, women achieved these rights outside the sphere of traditional Shii Islam and against the will of the Shii religious leaders. Fifth, once rights have been achieved, they settle into the society's collective psyche creating a new set of historical conditions and thereafter cannot be easily dislodged. In the final analysis, therefore, achieving women's rights in Iran depends on achieving and dispensing political power.

In the Eye of the Storm:

Saturday, January 1, 1994

Women in Postrevolutionary Iran 1994 / Syracuse University Press and I.B. Tauris Co-edited with Erika Friedl This detailed study--the first of its kind to be published in English--transcends the stereotypes and misinformation that often permeate discussions of the condition of Iranian women. The contributions cover topics such as education, the labor market, temporary marriage, the commoditization of female sexuality, the image of women in literature and film, parliamentary debates on ...

Iran: A Future In The Past–The “Prerevolutionary” Women’s Movement

Sunday, January 1, 1984

In Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology / Robin Morgan (ed.) The struggle of Iranian women during and after the “revolution,” and their presence in all social and political movements, means that what they have gained in terms of awareness, organizational experience, and political consciousness must be taken into account. The future must begin at the point when persecution drove the feminist movement underground. It is with this belief that, although I must discuss the Iranian women’s movement in the past tense, I speak of it not as a thing of the past, but as a strong foundation for the enormous work lying ahead.

A Season of Change

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

In 1967 Mahnaz returned to Iran to teach literature at the National University. Together with her students she founded the Association of University Women. In 1970 she became secretary general of the Women’s Organization of Iran, and in 1975 became Iran’s Cabinet Minister for Women’s Affairs. Under her leadership, the family protection laws, first enacted in 1967, were revised to ensure women’s equal access to divorce and child custody, the minimum marriage age for girls was raised, and laws supporting working women were passed

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