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Tag Archive | "Muslim Women"

Musawah – How Do You Say Equality?

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Jerusalem Report / By Mona Eltahawy "I feel like someone opened a window into my mind and let in the fresh air. It feels so good!" The young Egyptian woman and I were among 250 activists and scholars from 47 countries brought together in mid-February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the launch of Musawah, a global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family.

How are women working to eliminate violence against women in Muslim-majority societies?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

AWID Resource Net / By Rochelle Jones AWID highlights the efforts of Muslim women to eliminate violence against women, as discussed in the recently released report from the International Symposium entitled “Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies.” The Symposium was convened by the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP) in March 2005.

Coding a Revolution

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Foreign Policy / By Daria Vaisman It is estimated that half of all software engineers coming out of Iranian universities are women. With the restrictions put on women in the Middle East, technology is an attractive option for those who want a career, as it can be done from home, allowing ambitious women to become well-known within their industry without becoming taboo in their communities.

Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, March 8, 2007

VOA / By Julie Vahdati A Woman’s World: Films About Muslim Women From Around The World War, violence, extremism, fundamentalism, and restrictive legislation are but the most striking of the hurdles women must overcome as they strive for the most rudimentary of rights. The 25-minute documentary tells the stories of women activists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who, working in partnership, have developed and implemented strategies to overcome these challenges.

Advocating Change for Women in Muslim Countries

Monday, November 27, 2006

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Jamal Najjab The WLP campaign for “Women as Equal Citizens: Advocating for Change in Muslim-Majority Societies” emphasizes grassroots efforts and respect of the regional culture in order to bring about reform policies as well as legislation concerning gender equality. In many countries in the Arab world, women are denied the right of nationality, a key part of citizenship. These laws undermine women’s status as equal citizens in their home countries, preventing them from participating fully in public life.

Beyond the Veil – Women and Change in the Middle East

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars “Dialogue Radio” / By George Liston Seay / Listen To affect change, women must take charge of their own destiny. They must reclaim the tenets of their faith. They must also be willing to challenge deeply rooted traditions.

Reforming Islamic Family Law

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Emily Weedon “Family law”, explained Mahnaz Afkhami at a panel on the role of women in Muslim-majority countries, “is an envelope in which all aspects of a woman’s life” takes place. She discussed the West’s difficulty in both understanding and approaching the issue of family law within Islamic culture.

Women and Democracy: Democratizing the Middle East?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University / Listen Autonomous grassroots organizations in different Muslim-majority countries have partnered to create a Guide to Family Law in the Maghreb. They are also campaigning for more egalitarian family laws in their societies.

AWID Forum Examines Advances for Women, Focuses on Muslim Societies

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Radio Farda / By Fatemeh Aman and Bill Samii Afkhami expressed optimism about advances for women since the United Nations held its last major conference on women’s issues in Beijing in 1995. Their political participation around the world has increased, she said, and is codified in 70 percent of the world. Such codification includes mandatory quotas for female candidates imposed on political parties and the setting aside of specific numbers of legislative seats for women, she said.

Special Meeting of Women Ministers of Culture: “Women’s Voices and Cultural Understanding”

Thursday, September 1, 2005

The Government of Iceland in cooperation with The Council of Women World Leaders hosted a Special Meeting of Women Ministers of Culture in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 29-30 August 2005 on the theme Women's Voices and Cultural Understanding. Afkhami was in attendance. The meeting was arranged in honour of Iceland's former President and first Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who celebrated her 75th birthday in April 2005. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir served as President of the Republic of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. She was the first woman in the world to be elected Head of State in a democratic, national election.

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 – Muslim Women

"The most taxing contradiction [Muslim women] face casts the demands of living in the contemporary world against the requirements of tradition as determined and advanced by the modern Islamist world view. At the center of this conflict is the dilemna of Muslim women’s human rights – whether Muslim women have rights because they are human beings, or whether they have rights because they are Muslim" - Faith and Freedom: Introduction

"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 moral tragedy of Muslim societies in our time." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

“Islam is not the problem. Rather it is the misuse of Islam by interpreting it to fit the needs of the partriarchal order - the powers that be - and the privileges that one gender has held over the other.” - How are women working to eliminate violence against women in Muslim-majority societies?