Women’s Conference Opens Today – Jordan

Middle East North Africa Financial Network (MENAFN) / Jordan Times
Women’s Learning Partnership President Mahnaz Afkhami pointed out another global weakness for women: Representation. For example, Afkhami said, when 140 world leaders gathered in 2000 to draft the goals of the third millennium, there were only seven women leaders present.

Justice, Pluralism, and Participation

World Movement for Democracy
Discussing women’s democratic participation from the perspective of culture, Mahnaz Afkhami happily acknowledged a new consciousness that women should be involved in decision making. She argued that over time scientific progress has reshaped the roles of individuals, families, and communities, and that a new, equally rational, system must be designed to address economic and political matters. She said that societies need to develop a shared vision in the struggle for change.

Forum Examines Advances for Women, Focuses on Muslim Societies

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty / By Fatemeh Aman and Bill Samii
Some 2,000 women’s rights activists gathered in Bangkok on 27-30 October for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development’s (AWID) 10th international forum. Mahnaz Afkhami, a member of the international advisory committee, shed light on the AWID event. “This conference is bringing the conceptual to the pragmatic level .”

Women and Leadership in Muslim Societies: Voices for Change

The Middle East Women’s Studies Review / By Abby Jenkins On November 25, 2002, the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP) in collaboration with the Dialogue Project of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University sponsored a forum examining the constraints and opportunities Muslim women face in expanding […]

Increasing Women’s Participation in Politics

World Movement for Democracy / By Rachel Boyle
The most effective strategies for achieving equal political participation and representation are those that focus on mobilizing women by helping them realize that they have the power as well as the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Panelists Disagree On Value Of Development For Muslim Women

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 Women and The Politics of Participation:

Implementing the Beijing Platform
politicsparticipation1997 / 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 …

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