The following excerpt is from an interview with Pari Esfandiari for
Arte TV Channel Europe. It is a thought provoking conversation about
cyber space. Conducted by the German film-maker, Hermann Vaske. The
interview is part of the documentary film _Digital Bomb.
Interview For International Women Day
Pari Esfandiari was interviewed by Shabnam Assadollahi ofRadio
Hamseda in Canada for their special program to observe International
Women’s Day. She spoke about women issues, the history of IWD and
its celebration in Iran, as well as IranDokht and its significance.
Women in Middle East
The full-house audience listened closely to Dr. Pari Esfandiari during her "Women in Islam" presentation on October 19, 2006.
This presentation, held at the South San Francisco Main Library auditorium, was co-sponsored by the Daly City Library and the South San Francisco Public Library.
Women's Voices in the Muslim World
In presenting a paper for the NCM Expo at Columbia
University, Pari Esfandiari described media in Iran as very hostile
towards women’s rights – "It does not just ignore
the struggle of women, but also actively engages in the distortion
of women's discourse and image while launching campaigns against
basic women’s rights." Meanwhile, Muslim women living
in western countries find themselves restricted by social, cultural
and traditional mores that impede their advance into the information
Women of Iran As part of KPFK's
program on Iranian women, Radio Intifada presenter Farah Davari spoke
to Pari Esfandiari about the origins of IranDokht as well as its mission
and goals. As Pari explained, "IranDokht is part of a network
of online communities focused on gender and ethnicity. Using the Internet,
television, radio and print media, IranDokht has created a unique
blend of information, service and support for its users. We try to
inform women of issues affecting them, of laws binding them, of the
people leading them, and of the choices facing them."...
Cyberfeminism The Internet
purportedly marks the millennial world of democracy and equality,
where nationality, race, class and gender differences can finally
be cast aside. Yet, as Pari Esfandiari discusses in her lecture for
the Pacific Southwest Women's Studies Association Conference,
it seems as though white, First World men has always had the lion’s
share of the global Internet pie. Will this trend continue as the
millennium progresses? ...
Attack on Iran Would Only Stifle Democracy Pari
Esfandiari was interviewed by Donal Brown of Pacific News
Service following the Seymour Hersh article claiming that
the Bush administration was undertaking covert actions in Iran. While
she agrees with Bush in wanting to spread democracy to create a safer
world, Pari thinks the United States is going about it the wrong way.
"When we talk of imposing democracy, it is a contradiction in
terms. Democracy and force do not go together. You cannot bring about
changes that conflict with the means used to bring it."...
Women, Equality & Islam in Iran In
an interview with Tania Atallah from Lebanon, Pari Esfandiari talks
about the slow but indefatigable progress of the women’s movement
in Iran. According to Pari, "In Iran we do not have a traditional
women’s movement. There is a critical grassroots movement taking
place amongst masses of ordinary Iranian women who may separate themselves
from the feminists but, nevertheless, resent their disadvantageous position
and demand equality and freedom."...