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Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women’s Human Rights in Muslim Societies

Monday, January 1, 2001

In Women, Gender, and Human Rights: A Global Perspective / Marjorie Agosín (ed.) In modern times, women have moved from the margins to the center of history playing increasingly important roles in families, communities, and states across the world. As women became increasingly aware and assertive, their demands for equality, participation, and access elicited reactions that range from curtailing their right to the privacy of their bodies and minds to policies that deny them experiences that are essential to their ability to compete in society. The infringement of women's rights is usually exercised in the name of tradition, religion, social cohesion, morality, or some complex of transcendent values. Always, it is justified in the name of culture.

Muslim Women Hear The Call Of A Storyteller

Saturday, February 6, 1999

The New York Times / By Barbara Crossette Shaharazad, a young woman of Baghdad who told 1,001 spellbinding stories to an Arab king hundreds of years ago, is getting a powerful new image as a feminist icon, a provocative role model and an inspiration for Muslim women who are seeking to take a stronger role in Islamic society without abandoning their religion or their culture.

Preventing Violence Against Women In Muslim Societies

Sunday, January 31, 1999

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Delinda C. Hanley The Middle East Institute held a Nov. 18 panel discussion of strategies Muslim women use to prevent, resist and cope with violence. Panelists discussed Sisterhood is Global efforts in the Global South to design and implement programs to eliminate violence against females. Mahnaz Afkhami, president of the Sisterhood is Global Institute and executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies, began the discussion by saying, “Violence against women in Muslim society was always dealt with by the family in private.” In recent years, however, violence against women throughout the world has become a human rights issue, not merely a family issue.

Panelists Disagree On Value Of Development For Muslim Women

Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Randa Kayyali The contrast between the academic and the activist approaches to development was highlighted well in a panel discussion on “Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation” held at the Middle East Institute on Feb. 3, 1998. Although they are co-editors of a new book, panelists Mahnaz Afkhami, and Dr. Erika Friedl, presented sharply contrasting views on the consequences of development for Muslim women.

Muslim Woman Leads Global Fight For Feminism

Monday, March 9, 1998

Daily Nebraskan / By Amanda Schindler "Rights are not Western, Eastern, Islamic or Christian," Afkhami said. "They are human."

Safe and Secure:

Thursday, January 1, 1998

Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies 1998 / Sisterhood Is Global Institute / Bethesda, MD Co-authored; Published in Arabic, English, French, and Persian Safe and Secure is a training manual to assist women in Muslim societies to identify sources of violence in the family, community, society and state, to communicate this information, and to influence governments...

Sisterhood Is Global Institute Presents Human Rights Manual at MEI

Friday, October 31, 1997

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Janet McMahon The Middle East Institute hosted Mahnaz Afkhami, executive director of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), and Haleh Vaziri, currently a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies, co-authors of Claiming Our Rights: A Women’s Human Rights Education Manual, for a July 14 discussion of the SIGI publication. To date, the manual has been field-tested in five countries—Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Uzbekistan—and the results of that research will be incorporated into a new edition.

Promoting Women’s Rights in the Muslim World

Tuesday, April 1, 1997

In Journal of Democracy To gain the strength necessary to meet the challenges they face, women around the world must come together in a spirit of global cooperation. Through its conferences and workshops, its human rights education project, its urgent action alert system, and its outreach program and publications, SIGI is working to create an atmosphere of understanding and solidarity among women that transcends divisions based on race, nationality, class, religion, and political orientation.

Muslim Women and The Politics of Participation:

Wednesday, January 1, 1997

Implementing the Beijing Platform 1997 / Syracure University Press / Syracuse, NY Co-edited with Erika Friedl; introduction available online. Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation is about ways of promoting women's participation in the affairs of Muslim societies: from raising consciousness and changing codes of law to penetrating the economic markets and influencing national and international policies. This collection of essays by activists and politicians challenges stereotypes about Muslim women and ...

Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation: Introduction

Wednesday, January 1, 1997

After the Beijing conference, concern with women’s rights and the advancement of women shifted from debating and formulating policies to finding practical ways to transform plans and commitments into action. To this end, Sisterhood Is Global Institute called a conference, Beijing and Beyond: Implementing the Platform for Action in Muslim Societies, focusing on political decision making and leadership. The enthusiastic response to the conference and many inquiries about it prompted the creation of this book. To the best of the authors’ knowledge this is the first book devoted entirely to the discussion of these problems, of the ways, means, and possibilities for the implementation of the Platform for Action in Muslim societies.

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?