Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Afkhami Honored in London Ceremony

Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Afkhami Honored in London Ceremony

Author : Nazanine Nouri, Kayhan Life

Five Iranian women — Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Afkhami, Shadi Sadr, Pooneh Ghoddoosi, and Leila Alikarami — were honored in a ceremony on October 1 at The Royal United Services Institute in London. “Iranian Women’s Leadership” was a joint invitation by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; Nazenin…

Women’s Human Rights: From Global Declarations to Local Implementation

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Routledge

Introduction Since the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the effect of international conferences, laws, resolutions, and consequent documents on rights on the struggle for women’s human rights at regional, national, and local levels has been a matter of debate and controversy. In my view, they have been and…

Reader's Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Reader's Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Author : Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show Reader's Review

Listen to the Interview (Streaming) Woman at Point Zero is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty ending with her facing execution–at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism. Guests: Samer Shehata, Associate Professor of Middle East politics at University of Oklahoma and author…

Muslim Women Hear The Call Of A Storyteller

Author : Barbara Crossette, The New York Times

She was only a creation of the imagination, a young woman of Baghdad who told 1,001 spellbinding stories to an Arab king hundreds of years ago. Her name was Scheherazade and her marvelous tales, a collection known by Western readers as ”The Arabian Nights,” have been a part of life in the Islamic world for…

Muslim Woman Leads Global Fight For Feminism

Author : Amanda Schindler, The Daily Nebraskan

Lincoln, Neb. — As a young girl, Mahnaz Afkhami never suspected she would leave her home for a far-off land and a foreign culture. But her mother felt differently. The wife of a feudal landlord in Kerman, Iran, Afkhami’s mother dreamed of leaving and of becoming more independent despite women’s strict societal limitations. When Mahnaz…

Towards Global Feminism: A Muslim Perspective

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Spinifex Press

Waging their struggle in the colonial environment, Third World feminist thinkers have achieved a multicultural ethical and intellectual formation and a plethora of experience relevant to the development of an internationally valid and effective discourse addressing women’s condition on a global scale. The question is whether this foundation can become a springboard for a global…