WFAFI Panel Discussion

Women and US Policy in the Middle East


Focusing on Iran and Iraq


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

June 2005

"There are those who say that democracy is for men alone. In fact, the opposite is true: Half a democracy is not a democracy. As one Muslim woman leader has said, 'Society is like a bird. It has two wings. And a bird cannot fly if one wing is broken.'"

Lear More about Women's Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran

Women's Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran, (WFAFI), is a Boston based non-profit organization. Founded in 2004, WFAFIís tasks ranges from raising public awareness, conducting research projects and initiating outreach programs -- to policy discussions and analysis.

Official Laws Against Women in Iran

Limitations on the lives of women are legalized in laws prohibiting women from the presidency, leadership, judgeship and certain educational fields, as well as by inheritance laws. Firmly rooted in the principle of vali-e-faqih, Iranís constitution controls both the public and private lives and role of women. The concept of male surrogate and guardianship of females is one of the main pillars of Islamic Fundamentalism in Iran. Iranian women are not free to choose or control various aspects of their lives. Evidence of such state-sponsor of violence against women is seen in Iranís constitution.


The United States considers the rights and freedom of women to be fundamental human rights; the Bush Administration has made the empowerment of women integral to U.S. foreign policy. Yet, Washington's political message is not clear.

Speakers from Iran, Iraq and the United States will examine the following:

Political Voice of Women

Leadership and Empowerment

Challenges and Opportunities

DATE: Friday, February 10, 2006

TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

LOCATION: Murrow Room,

 13th Floor, National Press Building

529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045

 Join WFAFI for this important and timely discussion.

Public RSVP By 2/9/2006

Media RSVP By 2/10/2006 12:00 Noon

phone: (617) 590-1665




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