Speak Up on Three Australian Detainees, Iranian Activist Tells Morrison

Author : Richard Ferguson, The Australian

A leading Iranian dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner has ­labelled Scott Morrison’s decision not to comment publicly about three Australians detained in Iran a “big mistake.” Shirin Ebadi was Iran’s first ­female judge and won the 2003 Nobel prize for fighting for women’s rights in her home country, but was forced into exile in…

EPOCA Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains

EPOCA Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains

Author : Renato Machado, EPOCA

(Original article in Portuguese) In Iran, women are still fighting for the right to see a game of volleyball. In an interview with EPOCA (TIME), Iranian ex-minister in exile explains how the struggle for more rights in the country earned achievements over the years. Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was arrested after trying to watch a volleyball…

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It

Author : Petra Sjaus

(In English and Croatian) Mahnaz Afkhami is the founder and president of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP). She is also the executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and former minister of Women’s Affairs of Iran from 1977 to 1979; she was also the last woman in Iran at the ministerial function. She founded the…

Women Could Promote Rights Through Islam

Author : Jessica Rettig, U.S. News and World Report

Women’s advocates argue that other nations have reconciled rights issues with Islam. Despite the perception that strict Islamic law and feminism are incompatible, women’s rights advocates argued Wednesday that Muslim values could actually help women of the Arab Spring promote greater equality. The U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues Melanne Verveer testified on Wednesday before…

Arab Awakening Offers Women Opportunities, Challenges

Author : Mark Trainer, allAfrica

(U.S. State Department Press Release) Washington — Women joined, and in some cases led, the pro-democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa in the spring of 2011, but what place will they have in their emerging governments? On September 20, a group of female activists and leaders from the region gathered in Washington…

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

Author : Maryam Ghanbarzadeh, BBC Persian

An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of Women Affairs in Pahlavi-era Iran Women’s organizations in Iran were commonplace in the period before the Islamic Revolution and largely run by women volunteers who served in the early fifties [text continues in Persian]…. سازمان زنان ایران به عنوان یک سازمان مردمی در دوره پیش از انقلاب اسلامی…