''It's become fashionable to talk about female circumcision but divorced from broader politics. I look at you as a whole. If you support the war in Iraq but you're fighting female circumcision am I supposed to say 'Oh she's a hero, she's a feminist'? But you're supporting the war in Iraq and standing next to Condoleeza Rice! I have to understand your ideology and vision to see if you're really true or if you're just playing the game.''
Feminist author and activist, Nawal El Saadawi, in dialogue with Sara Wajid.
Courtesy: Monthly Review
''Using the rhetoric of “justice,” “equality,” “rights and democracy,” and the “center of society” is hardly meaningful if such discourse is not supported by action. Western imperialists are using this language to invade and destroy the infrastructures of other nations, under the banner of “democracy and human rights.” Religious extremist transnationally, regardless of whether or not they are in positions of power in Iran, Afghanistan or the FLDS camps in United State, cannot talk of “upholding justice,” “security,” and the “well-being of women and girls” while violating the human rights of women and girls in polygamist, patriarchal power structures'', says Elahe Amani.
''Defending rights of women, sexual, ethnic, religious and other minorities are perhaps indicators of democratization in society. Perhaps it was not frightening to defend women’s rights before, but now failure to defend women’s rights will be condemned widely by women in society, even if it is not always fruitful. Defending the rights of minorities also is an experience of this sort'', observes Parvin Ardalan.
Some perspectives from the Women's Movement in Iran (Courtesy: Iran Women Solidarity).
Inhuman repression was let loose on the agitating school teachers in Rohtak in Haryana, the home town of the Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda. One woman guest school teacher, Raj Rani was killed in the police firing.
A DELEGATION of nine national women’s organisations jointly lashed out at the government for attempting to dilute section 498 A making it compoundable/ bailable and other dowry laws and called for remedial measures at a joint press conference in New Delhi on September 16, 2008. Earlier in the day they met Renuka Chowdhury, minister for Women and Child Welfare and submitted a memorandum
Some feminists lament the glossy rise of Sarah Palin, others rush with sisterly ostentation to defend her from sexism even as they repudiate her politics. While plenty of typeface has been expended on analysing her obvious and myriad failings as a serious politician, what mainstream feminism and the US women's movement have yet to do is to own her or, rather, to own up to her.