Afkhami writes in Beyond Equality: A Manual for Human Rights Defenders “Women are now in a position to consider that our demands should evolve along with our evolving consciousness and the growing awareness around the world that women’s rights are human rights. We are now ready to accept full responsibility as citizens of the world to think about a new vision for all citizens of that world – men and women. We will not forget the oppressions and continuing abuses suffered by many women across the world. But we realize that an equal share of the ruling 50 percent is not enough for us. We want to think about “The World We Seek.”
On July 16, Afkhami spoke at the launch event for the book Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World at the Embassy of New Zealand in Washington, DC. The launch was hosted by the Roosevelt Institute and Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE). The book was developed out of the Women and Girls Rising Conference: Historical Reflections and Future Prospects hosted by the Roosevelt Institute at the September 11-12, 2014.
Beyond Equality: A Manual for Human Rights Defenders 2015/Women’s Learning Partnership Mahnaz Afkhami & Ann Eisenberg Published in English; available online at www.learningpartnership.org/beyond-equality-manual-human-rights-defenders A quick review of recent news headlines reveals the world’s growing detachment from finding solutions to human rights issues and, increasingly, shows that states are using human rights as a political bludgeon […]
“Iranian women have learned to resist peacefully when they can, aggressively when forced–but they never give up,” writes Afkhami in her new essay “Open Windows and Fresh Air: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Iran” which is included in catalogue for the Shirin Neshat: Facing History exhibit which opened in May 2015 at The Hirshhorn Museum.
Grassroots educational endeavors must help communities fully grasp the extent of violence and the short- and long-term harm done not only to victims but also to the society at large.
Victories Over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls
A Practitioner’s Manual
2012/Women’s Learning Partnership
Mahnaz Afkhami & Haleh Vaziri
Victories over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls is a practitioners’ manual, comprised of 16 sessions. Case studies in each session are drawn from actual events and feature stories set in societies as diverse as Haiti, Malaysia, Nepal, and the United States.
Mahnaz Afkhami’s memoir, which appears as a series of interviews by Shahla Haeri and Fereshte Noorai and is edited by her husband, is a moving narrative in Persian that competes with some classics of Middle East women’s studies such as Huda Shaaravi’s Harem Years. Afkhami was head of the Women’s Organization of Iran (WOI) and the first Minister of Women’s Affairs under Pahlavi regime. While in exile in the United States after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Afkhami became one of the founding members of the Sisterhood is Global Institute.
What is political participation? What is politics? Why are politics and participation important to women? Why have women everywhere, especially in developing countries, been denied equal opportunity in politics, as in almost all other fields, even when they have not been denied equal rights? What rewards are there for women if they become politically effective? How can women become politically effective?
A Political Participation Handbook for Women
2010 / Women’s Learning Partnership / Bethesda, MD
Mahnaz Afkhami & Ann Eisenberg
In consultation with: Lina Abou Habib, Asma Khader, Sindi Medar-Gould, and Jacqueline Pitanguy
Women’s participation is a critical step towards reshaping economic, political, and social conditions to allow for equality in opportunities and results for both women and men. The Leading to Action handbook was designed empower women to become democratic and participatory leaders. Whether the goal is to be elected to office, support a campaign, encourage women to vote, or secure better legislation for the community, this handbook helps women hone their skills to take the next political step. Scenarios are based on criteria set by WLP partners and give real life examples of successes and challenges women face in the political sphere. The appendices include a glossary of terms, extra sessions, and relevant United Nations conventions that support women’s civil and political rights.
The Historian / Book Review by Jonathan G. Katz
The ten chapters of this book, a sequel to the editors’ Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800, reflect several disciplinary approaches. Historians Guity Nashat and Shireen Mahdavi deal with royal marriage and European contacts during the Qajar period. Mansoureh Ettehadieh discusses the participation of women in the 1906 Constitutional Revolution and the faltering gains made during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi. Mahnaz Afkhami, a former secretary-general of the Women’s Organization of Iran, outlines the work of the semiofficial social service agency during the last decade of the Pahlavi period. Haleh Esfandiari examines the role of women parliamentarians both before and after the Islamic revolution.