WLP's Translation Series seeks to make available translations of important works developed in the Global South for the advancement of women's human rights. The series increases awareness of activists' advocacy work in the Global South in the academic, policy, and funding community.
The first volume in our Translation Series Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb (2005) is an innovative advocacy tool on strategies for reform of family law in Muslim-majority societies. The Guide outlines a process that relates meaningful social change to women's capability to make deliberate and thoughtful choices.
The second volume Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story (2010) details the history, strategies, and values that brought together a diverse group of Iranian women, men, and rights activists for the well-known women’s equality campaign. It is a valuable case study of a new model for grassroots movements in the twenty-first century, applicable not only in societies ruled by autocratic governments or influenced by radical fundamentalism, but also in more open and tolerant societies that have yet to achieve full equality for women.
WLP's President Mahnaz Afkhami has also edited a number of essay collections, including Toward a Compassionate Society (2002), Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation (1997), and Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World (1995).
The Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb has made a significant impact since its October 2005 release. The guide addresses family law, which governs every aspect of a woman's life from minimum age and condition of marriage to divorce, child custody, and the right to work, travel or decide on a place of residence. It is currently being used by Malaysian NGOs in their work on legislative reform.
English Edition (2005) (207 pages) 0-9770990-1-6 $24.95
Translated by: Chari Voss
Edited by: Ahmad Kazemi Moussavi
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This book details the history, strategies, and values that brought together a diverse group of Iranian women, men, and rights activists for the well-known One Million Signatures women’s equality campaign. It is a valuable case study of a new model for grassroots movements in the twenty-first century.
Author: Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani
English Edition (2009) $19.95
The Persian edition of the Guide to Equality in the Family is in use by Afghan women. The guide is an innovative advocacy tool for reform of family law in Muslim-majority societies. In each thematic module, it presents the current state of the law, then proposes religious, human rights, sociological and domestic legal arguments for reform, well-supported by relevant data.
Persian Edition (2007) (212 pages) 0-9770990-7-5 $24.95
Translated by: Ahmad Kazemi Moussavi
Edited by: Hormoz Hekmat
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This anthology focuses on the importance of cultural pluralism and women's roles in conflict resolution, peace buildling and democracy in the rapidly globalizing world of the 21st century.
English Edition (2002) (65 pages) 0-9710922-6-5 $12.95
Authors: Elise Boulding, Charlotte Bunch, Mahbub ul Haq, Uma Narayan, Arati Rao, Aruna Rao, Arvind Sharma
Edited with an introduction by: Mahnaz Afkhami
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Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation: Implementing the Beijing Platform is about ways of promoting women's participation in the affairs of Muslim societies: from raising consciousness and changing codes of law to penetrating the economic markets and influencing national and international policies. Editors Mahnaz Afkhami and Erika Friedl challenge stereotypes about Muslim women and probe the difficulties and possibilities women face as they work for positive social change.
English Edition (1997) (198 pages) 0-8156-2760-2 $19.95
Edited by: Mahnaz Afkhami and Erika Friedl
Faith and Freedom is the first detailed study to emphasize Muslim women's rights as human rights. Academics and activists demonstrate how the cultural segregation of women, contradictory and conflicting legal codes, and the monopoly on the interpretation of religious texts have resulted in domestic and political violence against women and the suppression of their rights. The contributors focus on ways and means of empowering Muslim women to participate in the general socialization process as well as in implementing and evaluating public policy.
English Edition (1995) (244 pages) 1-8156-2668-1 $19.95
Edited by: Mahnaz Afkhami
May 7, 2012
Human Rights, Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign, Iran, One Million Signatures Inside Story
Our work in support of Iranian human rights activists has focused specifically on bolstering the women’s movement and the One Million Signatures campaign in Iran.
One Million Signatures Campaign
This campaign, founded in 2006, mobilizes a diverse group of activists both on the ground and online to collect signatures, raise awareness, and spark dialogue about the negative impact of discriminatory family laws on women’s lives and on society as a whole, resulting in a dynamic social justice movement.
January 9, 2012
constitutional reforms, Family Law Reform, Guide to Equality in the Family, Middle East, Morocco, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, women's rights, Political Participation, Morocco
To Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane Head of GovernmentWe are pleased to address you, after your appointment by King Mohammed VI, as Head of the Government, wishing you every success in your mission.