Highlights from the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

Author : United Nations Association of the National Capital Area

On Wednesday March 30, 2016, the Alliance for Peacebuilding Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, National Capital Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women and UNA-NCA hosted a panel on the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that took place in March 2016 at the United Nations in New York.…

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Author : Caryle Murphy, The Majalla

CAIRO, EGYPT – JULY 04: An Egyptian woman celebrates in Tahrir Square, the day after former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, was ousted from power on July 4, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images) The rights of women across the Middle East have become major casualties of…

Challenging the Architecture of Human Relations

Author : Open Democracy

Deniz Kandiyoti: As the driving force behind the Women’s Learning Partnership and Sisterhood is Global, you clearly have confidence in the efficacy of transnational women’s networks in promoting women’s empowerment and human rights. How did you start, and what kept you going? Mahnaz Afkhami: It all began at the 4th UN World Conference on Women…

The Cup’s Half Full for Middle Eastern Feminists

Author : Carole Joffe, Ms. Magazine

Despite shortcomings in its enforcement, CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)—the United Nations’ international women’s rights treaty—has brought progress to women in the Middle East, according to women leaders from the region at a recent panel celebrating of its 30th anniversary. The audience at the Washington, D.C., campus of…

Iranian Women Campaign To End Discriminatory Laws Against Them

Author : Judith Latham, VOA News

Women are no longer allowed to wear make-up on Iranian television. “It’s illegal and against Shari’a law,” the head of Iranian state television, Ezatollah Zarghami, was quoted in the Iranian media last week. Although the issue of make-up is surely trivial, it does reveal how the Iranian establishment treats a woman’s right to make her…

Advancing Women: A Top Clinton Goal

Author : Janine Zacharia, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — When Hillary Rodham Clinton heard that an 8-year-old Saudi girl had been sold to a man in his 50s to pay off her father’s debt, the U.S. secretary of state telephoned the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, to protest. Mrs. Clinton’s call — on the type of issue usually handled by an…

Obama, Ahmadinejad, and the Women of Iran

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Women's Learning Partnership

This month, for the first time in 30 years, formal negotiations between the United States and Iran took place in a relatively positive atmosphere. As President Obama had promised during his campaign, dialogue took the place of diatribe. This is an important development. Why now and why during the term of the holocaust-denying, US-bashing President…