Tag Archive | "Iran"

From the Margins to the Center: Women and Democracy in the Middle East (In Persian)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Washington TV / By Amir Irani-Tehrani

Iran’s Million Signatures Campaign: A Leading Voice for Democracy

Monday, November 9, 2009

Democracy Digest / By David Lowe The volume is the second in a series of translations brought forth by the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), an international organization that actively promotes the rights of women in developing societies. As the WLP’s founder and president Mahnaz Afkhami notes, “In the end, the simple courage and perseverance of women whose peaceful signature-gathering is condemned as a crime against the state reminds us that ideas and beliefs cannot be silenced.”

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.

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.

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.

Mahnaz Afkhami & Farah Ebrahimi: Iran

Saturday, October 1, 2005

PBS "Destination America" Sisters Mahnaz and Farah became independent women in America. Both later returned to Iran as adults, where they would be torn apart by Iranian politics during the reign of the shah. Mahnaz became a minister in the shah's government and advocated for women's rights, while Farah and her husband joined the cause of the revolution. Ultimately, Mahnaz and Farah both had to flee Iran in fear for their lives.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Victory in Iran’s Presidential Runoff Election

Monday, June 27, 2005

PBS "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" / By Margaret Warner Since his historic election Friday, the president-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to govern as a moderate and sworn Iran would continue its nuclear program. Afkhami says, "For the first time, all of the basic structures of power in the Islamic republic are uniformly in conservative hands."

Persian New Year Transcends Religions, Regimes

Thursday, March 17, 2005

National Geographic News / By John Roach The arrival of the spring equinox on Sunday will cue Persians to party. Far from a gardening rite, the equilibrium of day and night marks the start of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. "[Nowruz] is a celebration of the renewal of nature after the slumber of winter, so to speak, and along with it the human response to that awakening of the Earth," said Mahnaz Afkhami.

Iranian Americans’ Hearts Are Miles Away; Groups Scramble to Send Quake Victims Aid

Monday, December 29, 2003

The Washington Post / By Caryle Murphy Neda Toloui-Semnani left Iran 22 years ago as a 2-year-old. She grew up in the District, graduated from the University of Maryland and now works for a nonprofit group in the Iranian capital of Tehran. As a result, Toloui-Semnani is closer than most Iranian Americans to the unfolding tragedy in her homeland brought on by Friday's devastating earthquake. "In a strange way, it feels like 9/11 all over again. There are the same feelings of shock and trauma," Toloui-Semnani, 24, said in a telephone interview yesterday. "The difference here is that the numbers are astronomical. Also, there is nobody to blame. I don't know if that makes it better or worse."

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