Afkhami was honored with the Shirzan Award for life-long leadership and community involvement at the 16th Annual Iranian American Women Foundation Conference on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles.
Women’s Learning Partnership participated in the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women in New York City during March 2018. Afkhami spoke at the “Human Rights Defenders: A Panel with Female Advocates” co-hosted by Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and UN Watch.
TPC is Women’s Learning Partnership’s annual convening of its member organizations to share best practices, strategize for future successes and build solidarity across the global women’s movement. WLP founder and President Mahnaz Afkhami opened this year’s TPC on October 7, 2017.
Mahnaz Afkhami will speak about the Iranian women’s movement and the global women’s movement at the event “Election 2016 and the Global Women’s Movement” hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs on November 1, 2016.
Afkhami spoke at an event co-hosted by by the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and The National Capital Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women on highlights from the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on March 30, 2016.
Afkhami spoke at a book event hosted by the Women in Public Service Project at The Wilson Center on February 24, 2015 on the anthology Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World. She authored the chapter entitled “Women’s Human Rights in Iran: From Global Declarations to Local Implementation”.
Fatema Mernissi, the Moroccan sociologist widely known as a pioneer in Middle Eastern Women’s studies, passed away this week. It is difficult for me to speak of her – a friend, ally, and colleague of over two decades – in the past tense.
Mahnaz Afkhami was interviewed by Gity Arian of Voice of America Persian on November 9, 2015 to speak about Marzieh Afkhami, the first female ambassador to be appointed in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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. Mahnaz Afkhami, one of the most active and influential contributors to this agenda since the 1975 Mexico Conference, spoke at The Gender and Development Chapter of the 1818 Society about the state of international conventions on women.
Mahnaz Afkhami was honored with the Walk of Courage Award from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) on October 28, 2015 at the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.