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Women and Girls Rising Conference: Afkhami to Speak on the Importance of Global Conferences on Realzing Women’s Human Rights

Mon, Aug 25, 2014

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On September 11, Mahnaz Afkhami spoke at the Women and Girls Rising: Historical Reflections & Future Prospects Conference. The Conference took take place September 11-12, 2014.

Panel Two: How Global Conferences Have Mattered to Realizing Women’s Human Rights
Mahnaz Afkhami, Former Minister of State for Women’s Affairs in Iran before the revolution of 1979 and Founder and President of the Women’s Learning Partnership; Sarah Costa, Women’s Refugee Commission; Farida Shaheed, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights at the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (By Video); Jocelyn Olcott, Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University; LaShawn R. Jefferson, Ford Foundation

Read the full agenda here.

The Conference considered the obstacles they faced and the opposition that rose against them. We will provide rich content that identifies and analyzes critical issues of strategy, policy, program, and resource allocation. The conference and the publication will be organized around conversations between at least two speakers, pairing activists with scholars, women and men of the Global South with those of the North, and pioneers of the past with their activist counterparts today.

Through initiating dialogue and cultivating networks, Women and Girls Rising will engage multiple generations of policymakers, activists, and scholars to inform and enrich public policy and foster the next generation of progressive leadership. We will begin by discussing this rich history in preparation for the 20th anniversary of the UN’s Beijing Platform for Action, adopted in 1995. Women and Girls Rising intends to ground today’s policy solutions in the history of visionaries who first recognized that women’s rights are fundamental human rights, and human rights are the right of every woman.

The Roosevelt Institute’s mission is to illuminate the vision of pioneers over the past half century who understood the importance of granting women civil and political equality along with social, economic, and cultural rights.

Details: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 11:45am
Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY
Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

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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 – Human Rights

"We must pose the question: why is it that the denial of the most rudimentary rights to civil treatment for women is always based on some fundamental point of culture? Is this culture real, or is it a fetish that is used to maintain some economic, social, or simply psychological privilege?" - A Vision of Gender in Culture

"Women's status in society has become the standard by which humanity's progress toward civility and peace can be measured." - Architects for Peace

"The crass infringement of women's rights we see in the Muslim world has more to do with power, patriarchy, and misuse of religion as political weapon than with religion properly understood as individual faith." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

"Rights and empowerment are interconnected: unless a substantial number of women in a community come to believe that they have rights and demand to exercise them, right remains an abstraction." - Faith and Freedom