Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Author : Jennie Rothenberg Gritz and Massoud Hayoun, The Atlantic

A Smithsonian exhibition of ancient Iranian objects offers a different perspective on the country than Westerners normally see. Americans are bombarded with media coverage of the three-decade-old Islamic Republic and its nuclear aspirations. But there’s more to Iran than Ahmdainejad, as can be seen in the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries’ new project, Feast Your…

Despite Odds, Women's Movement Persists In Iran

Author : Jacki Lyden and Davar Iran Ardalan, NPR Weekend Edition

One of the most remarkable and under-reported stories in Iran is the strength and character of its women’s movement. Through politics, literature, religion and poetry, women’s voices have at times been like roars, and at others, like whispers of dissent. Women continue to be both targets of persecution and agents of change, and for more…

Human Rights: Against All Odds

Author : Margeret Hall, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) observed International Women’s Day, March 8, by screening its documentary, “Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis” at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Azar Nafisi, author of the best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, moderated a panel which included…

Advocating Change for Women in Muslim Countries

Author : Jamal Najjab, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

To launch its campaign for “Women as Equal Citizens: Advocating for Change in Muslim-Majority Societies,” The Women’s Learning Partnership, in cooperation with the Dialogue Project of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, sponsored a four-day seminar at SAIS. The event concluded with a Sept. 6 presentation open to…

Iranian Regime Erases Progress on Women's Rights

Author : Xin Li, The Washington Times

Despite International Women’s Day celebrations today, women in Iran still struggle for basic rights. The country’s conservative authorities forbid women from simple activities such as watching the World Cup qualifying soccer game live in a stadium. More prominent are restrictions on their legal and civil rights. Women in Iran can inherit only half as much…

Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World

Author : Abby Jenkins, Megan Brown, Sian MacAdam, The Middle East Women's Studies Review

More than 250 activists, academics, policy-makers, and organizational and religious leaders from over 20 countries gathered at Women’s Learning Partnership’s human security conference, “Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World” in Washington, DC, USA, on October 8-9, 2003. Organized in collaboration with the Global Fund for Women, the conference provided a…

Muslim Women Leaders Speak

Author : Lisa Viscidi, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Four prominent Muslim women leaders spoke about women’s leadership and political participation in Muslim societies Nov. 25 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Organized in collaboration with the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), which seeks to empower women and girls in Muslim society, the forum drew a large…