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…

Iranian New Year 2013: Celebrate These Persian Women Who Have Fought For Equality

Iranian New Year 2013: Celebrate These Persian Women Who Have Fought For Equality

Author : Lily Bolourian, Policy Mic

Mahnaz Afkhami is featured in Policymic’s Lily Boulourian’s list of female activists from Iran. According to the author “The first day of spring marks the beginning of a new year, or Norooz, in Iran. Here is a round-up of just a few fantastic female activists who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women’s rights…

At the UN, Twenty Years of Backlash to ‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’

Author : Barbara Crossette, The Nation

Socially conservative American Catholics and evangelicals who have led a decades-long campaign against the rights of women in the United States are now gearing up for a season of battles on the bigger global stage. Socially conservative American Catholics and like-minded evangelical Protestants who have led a decades-long campaign against the rights of women in…

POMED Wire: Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East

POMED Wire: Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East

Author : POMED Wire 

On Tuesday, the Women’s Learning Partnership cohosted an event entitled “Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East” with the Woodrow Wilson Center. The discussions addressed the challenges faced by women in the MENA region and how to achieve viable democracies, given that women’s position is a barometer for the success of democratic transition. For…

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…