The Arabic spring is considered as the starting point of a new era in the Arabic world’s history. From Iran, however, it’s been very quite. The demonstrations were hushed up successfully and today pro-democracy movement appears underground. Come and meet human rights activists from Iran in the areas of LGBT, women’s rights and ethnic / religious minorities. Afkhami speaks on the role of technology in movement building for women globally.
“The new information technology, indifferent to human suffering, does not accommodate humane needs unless we harness it and make it do so.” Leading To Choices
Corriere della Sera / By Allessandra Farkas
The first web revolution, led by women and bloggers
According to Mahnaz Afkhami, this is a revolution on the web since 70% of Iran’s population has access to the internet; and it is leading the upheaval on twitter, youtube and facebook. Women bloggers are the most strong-willed in the resulting network. In fact, women were the ones who, having declined to vote during the last election, pushed the conservative Moussavi to adopt more liberal position and thus chose him as a candidate.
“International movement building in the 21st century and involvement of youth in advocacy will be made possible largely through technology” – Engendering IT Tools
Washington Monthly on the Radio / By Peter Laufer and Markos Kounalakis / Listen
Mahnaz Afkhami speaks of the conflict between Iran’s sophisticated civil society and a medieval set of laws, which has imposed the segregation of women (gender apartheid so to speak) in public spaces. She also mentions the possibilities offered by technology in communicating with and supporting the women’s movement in Iran.
AWID / By Women's Learning Partnership
On September 5th, 2008, Women’s Learning Partnership presented a panel at the National Endowment for Democracy entitled “Technology for Women’s Rights Advocacy and Democracy Building. Mahnaz Afkhami introduced the discussion saying, “International movement building in the 21st century and involvement of youth in advocacy will be made possible largely through technology.”
“[Modern information technology] has the potential to empower women in ways unprecedented in the social and cultural evolution of human history” – Making IT Our Own: Introduction
Foreword to Making IT Our Own: Information and Communication Technology Training of Trainers Manual
Modern information technology has the potential to empower women in ways unprecedented in the social and cultural evolution of human history. It is incumbent on us to help prepare women across the world to harness it for changing not only their own lives but also the world for the better. Making IT Our Own: Information & Communication Technology Training of Trainers Manual is an extension of our efforts to empower women to harness ICTs. It is our attempt to shift the ownership of the tools of information technology from the few to the many in a variety of cultures, in the hope that while we are coping with the exigencies...
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.
World Movement for Democracy
Our greatest problems are the growth of extremism and fundamentalism, which always affects women’s activism, and authoritarian governments that are now both more threatened by current political conditions and also more prone to use these conditions as a reason for tightening their hold on civil society.