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Women and Girls Rising: Washington DC Book Launch

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Women and Girls Rising: Washington DC Book Launch

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.

Tavaana Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tavaana Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami  (In Persian)

Mahnaz Afkhami spoke with Tavaana co-Director Mariam Memarsedeghi to speak about her work and women’s rights in pre-Revolution Iran.

Essay for Shirin Neshat Exhibit: Sunlight, Open Windows and Fresh Air: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Iran

Monday, May 18, 2015

Essay for Shirin Neshat Exhibit: Sunlight, Open Windows and Fresh Air: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Iran

“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.

NGO CSW Forum 2015 Consultation Day: Afkhami to speak at “Celebrate the Feminist and Women’s Movements 1975-2015”

Sunday, March 8, 2015

NGO CSW Forum 2015 Consultation Day: Afkhami to speak at “Celebrate the Feminist and Women’s Movements 1975-2015”

On March 8, 2015, Mahnaz Afkhami was a featured speaker in the Opening Ceremony at the NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day event “Celebrate the Feminist and Women’s Movements 1975-2015.”

EPOC Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains (In English and Portuguese)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EPOC Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains (In English and Portuguese)

In Iran, women are still fighting for the right to see a game of volleyball. In an interview with Brazilian online magazine EPOCA (TIME), Iranian ex-minister in exile explains how the struggle for more rights in the country earned achievements over the years. In the episode of the game of volleyball (and Ghoncheh Ghavami), Afkhami believes the incessant media coverage may in some way, open the eyes of the regime. “We hope that the weight of condemnation from the international community to do with the Islamic Republic to reconsider their disregard for human rights, especially the rights of women.”

Poletik Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on Women in Iran (In Persian)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Poletik Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on Women in Iran (In Persian)

Mahnaz Afkhami speaks with Kambiz Hosseini (hailed as Iran’s Jon Stewart) about women’s political participation in Iran.

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

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

On September 11, Mahnaz Afkhami spoke at the Women and Girls Rising: Historical Reflections & Future Prospects Conference on the panel “How Global Conferences Have Mattered to Realizing Women’s Human Rights” The conference was 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. 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.

WFPG Series “Beyond the Headlines” Mahnaz Afkhami Speaks on CSW & MDGs

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WFPG Series “Beyond the Headlines” Mahnaz Afkhami Speaks on CSW & MDGs

On March 31, Women’s Foreign Policy Group’s “Beyond the Headlines” series featured Mahnaz Afkhami speaking on the highlights of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women where representatives of UN member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs met at UN headquarters in New York. This year’s discussion focused on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Three years ago jubilant crowds in Tahrir Square in Cairo after Egypt’s dictator Mubarak, forced from power. But the women who called for democracy and equality soon witnessed a setback for the fight. Today, violence and sexual harassment against women to be a big problem in Egypt. Håkan Widman reports about WLP’s movie “Because of Our Cause is Just” and speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami.

America Abroad: Women’s Rights After the Arab Spring

Saturday, February 1, 2014

America Abroad: Women’s Rights After the Arab Spring

Mahnaz Afkhami and other experts speak on the revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as “The Arab Spring,” (which) promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women’s rights, the promise in many cases has not been realized.

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