Women Deliver 2013 Conference

Tue, May 28, 2013


Mahnaz Afkhami spoke on several panels at the Women Deliver 2013 Conference.

Women Deliver is the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. Thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets.

Strategising for a Culture of Gender-Inclusive Democracy in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) Region
Once a promise of democratisation, the ‘Arab Spring’ has in many nations evolved into chaos, civil war, and resurgent authoritarianism—whether secularist, nationalist or Islamist in character. In this session, experiences from the region will be presented along with strategies to build a culture of gender-inclusive democracy in the MENA region.

(WATCH THE WEBCAST) Ending Violence Against Women
Worldwide attention has been focused on the increasingly virulent attacks on women. In Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban. Her crime: advocating for girls education. In India, a young medical student was raped and murdered by a gang of five assailants. Every 20 minutes, a woman in India is raped. Since the 1990s, successive waves of murders of young women have left hundreds of women dead. In South Africa, a woman is killed by an intimate partner every eight minutes. Women Deliver is dedicated to ending violence against women. This panel will discuss what is happening, why it is happening and what can be done to end it.

Twenty Years Ago…What’s Missing in the 1990’s Programmes of Action: Moving Forward from Cairo, Beijing, Rio, Vienna and the MDGs
Within the UN, the 1990’s witnessed a remarkable outpouring of transformational agendas for development. Twenty or so years later, few of those agendas have been updated; yet, the world has changed dramatically. This panel will ask some of the leaders in developing those agendas what is missing from them—what was left out when they were developed and what needs to change in those agendas to achieve women’s rights, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustainable development.

Integrating Women’s Health into the Broader Empowerment Framework (Middle East and Northern Africa Region)
The session will present findings from conversations at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional consultation on 26 May 2013. Discussing successes and challenges in the region, session participants will consider a development framework to improve the health of women, including women in the MENA region.

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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

Quotables – Democracy

"Tuned to the law, Muslim societies are historically and structurally receptive to democracy's motto of 'government of law not of men' ". - Faith and Freedom

"Religious zeal makes democracy problematic because it turns every attempt at understand and compromise - the hallmarks of democracy - into an evidentiary test of religious righteousness." - Rights of Passage