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…

Women Could Promote Rights Through Islam

Author : Jessica Rettig, U.S. News and World Report

Women’s advocates argue that other nations have reconciled rights issues with Islam. Despite the perception that strict Islamic law and feminism are incompatible, women’s rights advocates argued Wednesday that Muslim values could actually help women of the Arab Spring promote greater equality. The U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues Melanne Verveer testified on Wednesday before…

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…