A Personal Remembrance of Fatema Mernissi

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Women's Learning Partnership

Fatema Mernissi, the Moroccan sociologist widely known as a pioneer in Middle Eastern Women’s studies, passed away this week. It is difficult for me to speak of her – a friend, ally, and colleague of over two decades – in the past tense. I first met Fatema at the Middle East Studies Association Conference 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…

America Abroad: Women's Rights After the Arab Spring

America Abroad: Women's Rights After the Arab Spring

Author : American Abroad Media

Listen to the Interview The revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as “The Arab Spring,” promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women’s rights, the promise in many cases has not been realized. In the February 2014 America Abroad show, “Women’s…

Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Author : Hakan Widmans, Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon

Panel discussion on Woman to Woman: Eva Zillén, from Woman to Woman, Asma Khader member of the Jordanian Parliament, Mahnaz Afkhami, founder, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and Catherine Harrington, the producer of the movie “Because of Our Cause Is Right.” Photo: Håkan Widman / Swedish Radio Listen “Hakman Widman Reports About Arab Women’s Struggle Against…

Islam belongs in People's Lives, Not in Politics, says Karima Bennoune

Author : Mark Tran, The Guardian

Islam belongs in people’s lives, not in politics, says Karima Bennoune Author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here says the politicised version of Islam peddled by fundamentalists is dangerous and misrepresentative. Writing a book about Muslim fundamentalism, the subject of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, felt like dancing in a minefield, admits Karima…

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Author : Barbara Crosette, Passblue

(Street protestors in Cairo as part of the Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment movement in February 2013. Egyptian women have the most to lose or gain in the country’s emerging political order. SALLY ZOHNEY) Throughout the media coverage in recent months of the tumultuous events in Egypt, little attention has been paid to Egyptian women, who may…

Radio Pooya Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian with English transcript)

Radio Pooya Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian with English transcript)

Author : Shahrnush Parsipur, Radio Pooya

سرکار خانم افخمی با سپاس از وقتی که به رادیو پویا دادید از طریق لینک زیر میتوانید گفتگویتان را با شهرنوش پارسی پور گوش کنید این برنامه به مدت دوهفته در رادیو پویا پخش خواهد شد. رادیوی ما بیش از 25000 شنونده دارد و بصورت کاملا مستقل براساس کارهای داوطلبانه همکاران ما تهیه میشود هزینه…

The Word on Women: MENA region tops agenda at AWID global women's rights forum

The Word on Women: MENA region tops agenda at AWID global women's rights forum

Author : Lisa Anderson, TrustLaw

The uncertain fate of women’s rights in the turbulent Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region emerged as one of the most pressing concerns on the agenda for the 12th International Forum of the Association For Women’s Rights In Development (AWID), which launched a four-day run in Istanbul on Wednesday. “It takes a lot of…