Mahnaz Afkhami Speaks at Gender and Development Chapter of the 1818 Society

Wed, Oct 28, 2015


Mahnaz Afkhami spoke at the Gender and Development Chapter of the 1818 Society on November 2, 2015 at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Title:  International Conventions on Women – Successes or Failure?

Venue: The World Bank, Room MC7-100

Speaker:  H.E. Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami
Moderator:  Dominique Lallement

The United Nations has organized four world conferences on women:  Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980, Nairobi in 1985 and Beijing in 1995, with the latter marking a significant turning point for the global agenda.  The Beijing Platform was integrated into the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, and more recently into the Sustainable Development of 2015.  Gender equality is one of the goals, which impacts the achievement of nearly every other SDG.   What has been the successes and failures of these global conferences over the past forty years?  How has the debate and focus changed over time? What can be learnt from the past for the implementation of the SDGs?

The Gender and Development Chapter of the 1818 Society is pleased to invite you to a session with Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami, one of the most active and influential contributors to this agenda since the 1975 Mexico Conference.  Dr. Afkhami  is a former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran, and the Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), a network of  20 autonomous and independent organizations in the Global South.

Moderator:  Dominique Lallement was the Manager for ESMAP.  She is nowa Development Advisor for international organizations, private sector,  and governments.   She is the co-chair of the 1818 Society’s Gender and Developments Chapter.

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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

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