Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation: Implementing the Beijing Platform

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At the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the international community accepted women's rights as human rights, and with it the charge to work toward the full integration of women in the affairs of their respective nations. Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation 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 ...
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At the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the international community accepted women's rights as human rights, and with it the charge to work toward the full integration of women in the affairs of their respective nations. Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation 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. Sixteen activists and politicians from international organizations - most from Muslim countriesdiscuss, for the first time, major issues relevant to Muslim women striving to achieve their human rights through political participation.
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Taking off from the conference "Beijing and Beyond," convened by the Sisterhood Is Global Institute in May, 1996 in Washington DC, this volume contains 16 contributions which focus on ways to promote 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 politics. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Contributors
Pt. 1 Assessing Women's Rights Issues in Muslim Societies after Beijing
1 Beyond Beijing: Obstacles and Prospects for the Middle East 3
2 Fundamentalism and Women's Rights: Lessons from the City of Women 11
3 Women, Islamisms, and State: Dynamics of Power and Contemporary Feminisms in Egypt 18
4 Aberrant "Islams" and Errant Daughters: The Turbulent Legacy of Beijing in Muslim Societies 29
Pt. 2 Strategies for Change
5 Muslim Women's Islamic Higher Learning as a Human Right: The Action Plan 43
6 Imagination as Subversion: Narrative as a Tool of Civic Awareness 58
7 Personal Status Codes and Women's Rights in the Maghreb 72
8 Leadership Development for Young Women: A Model 83
9 The Women Studies Program in Palestine: Between Criticism and New Vision 94
10 Imperiled Pioneer: An Assessment of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World 101
11 Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women's Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies 109
Pt. 3 International Organizations and the Implementation of the Platform for Action
12 International Human Rights Organizations and Advocacy for Change 123
13 International Organizations, National Machinery, Islam, and Foreign Policy 128
14 Muslim Law and Women Living under Muslim Laws 141
15 Gender Equality and the World Bank 147
16 UNIFEM and Women's Climb to Equality: No Turning Back 153
Notes 165
Bibliography 179
Index 187
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