Mahnaz Afkhami Speaks at The Wilson Center on Global Women’s Movement and Policy Implications

Thu, Feb 25, 2016


Mahnaz Afkhami spoke at the Wilson Center on February 25, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Title:  Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World

Venue: The Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room

Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

How do we encourage the empowerment of women and girls in societies that find this threatening? How can women in public service help the rise of women and girls globally? And how can women’s rights and women’s movements pave the way for policy change?

This Women in Public Service Project event is a panel discussion on the relationship between women’s rights and politics.

Copies of Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World will be available for purchase.


Mahnaz Afkhami
Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership; Executive Director, Foundation for Iranian Studies, and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran

Shad Begum
Reagan-Fascell Fellow from Pakistan, National Endowment for Democracy

Ellen Chesler
Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute


Indira Lakshmanan
Foreign Policy Correspondent

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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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