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Muslim Countries: Can Women Have A Voice In A Men’s World?

Friday, October 17, 2003

To The Point KCRW Los Angeles / By Warren Olney / Listen Muslim countries traditionally offer few leading roles for women. Does the selection of the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize change the equation? Can democracy be realized in Muslim nations if women there do not have equal rights? We get views from Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, an associate professor of political science, specialized on the issues of Islam and democracy, the founder and president of Women-s Learning Partnership, the director of an Islamic Center and a former U.S diplomat.

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”.

The Reunion – Shah of Iran’s Court

Sunday, August 17, 2003

BBC / By Sue MacGregor Sue MacGregor gathers together some of the most senior of the Shah of Iran’s court who became exiles from their country shortly after the revolution which saw Ayatollah Khomeini take power.

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...

An Unhappy Princess Dies Alone And Far From Home

Thursday, June 14, 2001

The Globe And Mail A broken heart was the cause of death…

Leila Pahlavi: The Peacock Princess

Wednesday, June 13, 2001

The Independent / By Rose George “Leila’s situation has really drawn attention to the human suffering that goes into these cataclysmic events,” says Mahnaz Afkhami, who has edited a book on Iranian women in exile, and runs the Foundation for Iranian studies in Washington. Leila and her family resonated with Iranians in life; her death speaks even more powerfully of the debris of history.

NGOs Sidelined From Tehran Talks, Rights Group Claims

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

U.N. Wire / By Angela Stephens NGO involvement in the preparatory meeting in Tehran for the World Conference against Racism was “severely limited by the Asian governments, to the great frustration and disappointment of the many NGOs who traveled great distances and overcame many bureaucratic and other hassles to get here,” Smita Narula, Human Rights Watch’s senior researcher for South Asia said.

Iran And Its National Debate On The Merits of Democracy

Friday, January 21, 2000

WAMU American University Radio "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" / By Kojo Nnamdi / Listen Since the election of the reformist President Mohammed Khatemi in Iran two years ago, Iran’s conservatives have engaged in a heated political battle with an active reformist movement calling for democratic initiatives. Kojo and guests discuss Iran’s national debate on the merits of democracy.

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.

New Year

Sunday, March 22, 1998

NPR “All Things Considered” / By Daniel Zwerdling / Listen The spring equinox marks the Persian new year. NPR visits the home of Gholam and Mahnaz Afkhami to learn about Noh Ruz, which literally means new day. It is neither a religious nor patriotic holiday, but nonetheless, Persians around the world take part in the celebration.

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