Mahnaz Afkhami is an Iranian women's rights activist who served in the Cabinet of Iran from 1976 to 1978. She is founder and president of Women's Learning Partnership, the executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and the former Minister of Women's Affairs in Iran's pre-Revolution government.
IN THE EYE OF THE STORM
As soon as the Islamic republic was firmly established in Iran, the government began to rewrite laws relating to women’s behaviour. Attempts were made to force women out of the job market, and the veil and other “Islamic” tenets were enforced in the home, office and streets. Yet women have constantly challenged the attempt to socialize them into fundamentalist norms and have reasserted themselves in both the economy and the arts.
This detailed study sets out to transcend the stereotypes and misinformation which often permeate discussions of the condition of Iranian women. The contributors cover topics such as: education; the labour market; temporary marriage; the commoditization of female sexuality; the representation of women in literature and film; parliamentary debates on women’s issues; and the strategies used by women to maintain a modicum of control over their own affairs in a male-defined and male-dominated society.
Publisher: I B TAURIS