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Mahnaz Afkhami: Minister for Women’s Affairs. Wanted in Iran.

Thu, Feb 10, 2011

Others, Press

Nerikes Allehanda – By Inger Nordahl
What hides behind gender-based violence is often a patriarchal society, where the struggle for equality can seem impossible.
As an Iranian, Mahnaz Afkhami understands this. In the 1970s she was named one of the world’s first-ever ministers of women’s affairs. She succeeded in changing the conditions for Iranian women, including investments in child care and paid maternity leave. Then came the revolution.  [Text continues in Swedish…]
Bakom väldet mot kvinnor finns ofta en patriarkal samhällssyn och kampen för jämstalldhet möter ett tungt motständ.
Det vet, inte minst, iranska Mahnaz Afkhami.  Pä 70-talet utsägs hon till en av världens första jämställdhetsministrat och lyckades forändra villkoren för Irans kvinnor med bland annat satsningar pä barnomsorg och betald mammaledighet.
Sedan kom revolutionen.

About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more