The paper thus outlines the social and political conditions that have
led not only to the development of secular feminist perspectives in Iran, but to
the emergence of woman-centred Islamists and their strategies which aim, thus
far with considerable success, to fundamentally challenge conventional gender
visions often presented as "Islamic." This analysis of the gender debates in
Iran, and by extension elsewhere in the Muslim world, reiterates that Islam,
particularly as a political ideology, is far from static and unchanging; it is a
dynamic and evolving ideological force that
This publication describes death sentences pronounced against women in order to obstruct women's development and education, those against women journalists, women who have been accused of sex outside marriage and cases of violence against women and situates these in the religious/political context of Bangladesh in the 1990s.
One year after the Gujarat genocide, we are holding this vigil outside the offices of the British Charity Commission, because the organisations which financed the massacres and the continuing communal violence are still enjoying charity status in Britain.
As you are probably planning activities around International Women’s Day, 8th March, WLUML strongly urges you to refocus international attention, protests and solidarity on the ongoing genocidal process taking place in the Indian state of Gujarat since late February 2002.
[31 July 2001] What started in Hassi Messaoud, Algeria on
the night of July 13-14, 2001 is NOT one more crime/violence/violation in the
wartime situation that our country has now become famous for. A qualitative
change has taken place.
The Kosovo crisis is at the heart of the
decade long war drama of the late country that used to be called Yugoslavia. The
symbolic sign of the scope of immensely shallow (mis)understanding of the dead
country’s destiny is (for those of us who still remember) today painfully
visible in CNN headlines: “War in Yugoslavia”.
What “Yugoslavia” the world
is talking about today? The trick with people’s memory and amnesia is maybe
unintentional, but it’s no less misleading.
On 21st January 2000, Rajko
Danilovic, Flora Brovina’s defence lawyer, filed an appeal against his client’ s
twelve-year sentence. The appeal hearing was scheduled for 16th May 2000. The
appeal called for the Supreme Court to either acquit Mrs. Brovina, or to release
her on bail pending a retrial. Grounds for the retrial include violations of the
due process during the trial hearings including a breach of the Serbian Code of
Civil Procedure. On 7th June 2000 the Serbian Supreme Court has overturned the
conviction of Mrs.
often scarce space available to them in very different political circumstances,
women’s strategies in defence of their human rights range from entryism to
While fundamentalists read all women’s strategies as equally
significant of betrayal of their identity, liberals outside Muslim countries and
communities - and increasingly inside too - select the entryist strategy as the
only legitimate one insofar as it matches our “nature”.
the women’s movement remains united in standing for the need to use
Although all countries are unique,
Iran may have claim to more surprising political changes in the past century
than any other country existing continuously during that period. Among these
changes have been notable alterations in women’s roles and status. The birth of
urban mass politics during the constitutional revolution of 1906-11 saw women’s
first political activism, which continued after World War 1, though that
independence was eventually much diminished under the new Pahlavi dynasty of
Reza Shah (1921-41) (Afary, 1996; Bayat, 1978; Paidar, 1995; Sanasarian, 1982).