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International Women's Day 2012
International Women's Day 2012 (55:08) 2012-03-04 Broad Perspectives Radio
International Women's Day 2012
KXCI's Broad Perspectives Radio commemorated International Women's Day on Sunday, March 4th with a special panel discussion featuring Anissa Tanweer, Ana Ghoreishian, Parvaneh Hosseini, Dr. Linda Lumsden, and Meheria Maleh. Anissa Tanweer is a graduate student at the University of Arizona working on a dual master's degree in Journalism and Middle Eastern & North African Studies. She is currently involved in a project at the University of Arizona's School of Journalism to help Nangarhar University in Afghanistan develop a new journalism curriculum. As a scholar, she studies international media development. Her journalistic work has appeared in the Arizona Daily Star and The New York Times, and on KUAZ FM Tucson, the local NPR affiliate.

Ana Ghoreishian is an Iranian American educator, activist and scholar. She has a J.D. from CUNY School of Law with a focus on international women's rights and human rights. She's worked at the Public Defender's office in New Orleans, where she was an advocate for indigent clients in the criminal law system. And she's worked as a tireless advocate for human rights through her work with organizations like Human Rights Watch, the Center for Constitutional Rights and CONNECT in New York City. She's also supported various projects at an international solidarity network called Women Living Under Muslim Laws. Currently, Ana teaches courses in race, gender and the Middle East at the University of Arizona and focuses her own studies on the connected histories of gender and sexuality in Turkey and Iran.

Parvaneh Hosseini is a Persian instructor and a PhD candidate of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. She was born in Iran and lived through the 1979 revolution as well as the devastating eight-year long Iran-Iraq war. And she bore witness to the consequences of those events on women's lives. She studied Applied Linguistics in the universities of Tehran was a teacher for almost 10 years in a number of schools and universities there. She was also involved in various women's rights and children's rights activities in Iran, including The School for Street Children along with Shirin Ebadi, who was the winner of the Nobel Peace Award in 2003. Parvaneh left Iran in 2006, but she continues to watch events there closely and has presented her thoughts on them in various papers, conferences, and panels at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Linda Lumsden is the director of graduate studies for the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona. She's written frequently on the U.S. suffrage movement in the 20th century and that includes two books: Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly, and Inez: the Life and Times of Inez Milholland. She also writes about the history of women journalists and how the black press treated the women's liberation movement. Her newest book is called Black, White, and Red All Over: A Cultural History of the Radical Press in Its Heyday, 1900-1917 scheduled to be published by Kent State University Press at the end of 2012.

Meheria Maleh is an Extended Services Case Manager at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tucson. Meheria was born in Afghanistan, but after the Taliban came to power she and her sister couldn't go to school anymore and her mom couldn't work to support them, so they fled their country in 1996. After spending five years as refugees in Pakistan they came to the U.S. in August of 2001, and landed in Tucson. Meheria initially started volunteering with the IRC as a way to give back to the community and help people who are in the same position she was in 10 years ago. Eventually she was hired as a case manager, and she now she spends most of her time helping women and especially single moms adapt to life in the U.S. She hopes one day be able to go back to Afghanistan and advocate for women's rights there.