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…

Meet Mahnaz Afkhami

Author : Gissou Azarnia, Iran Dokht: Women in Washington Series

Every year, legions of aspiring politicos and non-profiteers make their way to Washington D.C. in the hopes of establishing a name for themselves and their work. Our nation’s capital is a veritable Mecca for ambitious and brilliant minds, yet only some manage to stay afloat and even prosper in the tough dealings of this town.…

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…

At the Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity: Personal Reflection

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, The Johns Hopkins University Press

I have spent most of my adult life defending and promoting women’s human rights. I came to this field through English literature, largely innocent of theories of feminism. By the time I encountered these theories formally in the 1970s as secretary general of the Women’s Organization of Iran (WOI), I had already experienced their essence…

Mahnaz Afkhami Interview, CBC International Hour

Author : Dave Brindle Interviews in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) International Hour

Mahnaz Afkhami discusses women’s rights under Islam and a newly released manual produced by the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI). Afkhami discusses the discrepancies between Islamic holy texts and the interpretations of those texts regarding women’s rights and roles in society. She notes that in many Muslim-majority societies, Islamic texts often have been misinterpreted to…

Shaharazad Then And Now

Author : Delinda C. Hanley, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Freer Gallery and the Sisterhood is Global Institute co-sponsored on April 15 a lively panel discussion in the Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium in Washington, DC. The panelists discussed the powerful literary character Shaharazad from 1001 Nights and related her “subversive” survival plan to present-day Muslim women and subversive methods they use to improve their lives.…

A Vision of Gender in Culture

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, World Bank

My task is to talk about a vision of gender in culture to an assembly that wishes to integrate culture in its policies to achieve sustainable development. The reason why the World Bank is interested in this proposition, I assume, is two-pronged: On one hand, you cannot have long-term sustainable development if half the population…

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…