Iraqi activist: Women’s rights must be focus for new parliament

CNN / By Tom Evans
Even as votes are counted in Iraq’s general election, a leading human rights activist in Baghdad said Monday that she is counting on the new parliament to defend and develop women’s rights. Basma al-Khateeb, of the Iraqi Women’s Network, said it was vital for Iraqi legislators of both genders to defend the Iraqi “Law of Personal Status,” which protects women and families, and limits the influence of religious courts.

CNN’s Amanpour: Panel Discussion with Activists on Women’s Rights in the Middle East

CNN / By Christiane Amanpour / Part 2; Part 3
Women’s rights have advanced in many Muslim countries, but women still suffer from more inequality than anywhere else. Joining Christiane Amanpour are three women who’ve made it their mission to promote gender equality: the president and CEO of the Women’s Learning Partnership, Mahnaz Afkhami, she’s a former minister for women’s affairs in Iran; Asma Khader, who is secretary general of the Jordanian National Commission for Women and a former culture minister; and Lina Abou Habib, executive director of a Lebanese organization that tries to empower women.

Women’s Human Rights in Muslim Societies

“To the extent that Islam, defined and interpreted by traditionalist “Muslim” men, is allowed to determine the context and contour of the debate on women’s rights, women will be on the losing side of the debate because the conclusion is already contained in the premise and reflected in the process. This is the heart of […]

The Cup’s Half Full for Middle Eastern Feminists

Ms. Magazine / By Carole Joffe
Despite shortcomings in its enforcement, CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)—the United Nations’ international women’s rights treaty—has brought progress to women in the Middle East, according to women leaders from the region at a recent panel celebrating of its 30th anniversary.

Women Inspiring Women

Forbes / By Francesca Donner
More than a month has elapsed since Iran’s fated election and the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan, which stood out among countless others as a symbol of her country’s turmoil. But as the public protests continue, something big is going on behind the scenes: Women far beyond Iran’s borders are taking cues from one another and learning to become their own champions for change.

Muslim Women on Talibanization

Urdu VOA News / By Tabinda Naeem
Mahnaz Afkhami, president of the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace and Sabira Qureshi, Women and Human Rights Activist and Ex Member of the Pakistan Commission on the Status of Women voice their thoughts about increasing extremist approach of Taliban on women rights in Islam and how women of Pakistan can stop this religious extremism.

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