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Radio Pooya Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian with English transcript)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Radio Pooya Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian with English transcript)

Radio Pooya / By Shahrnush Parsipur Listen to the interview 20131208_Radio Pooya Interview_Mahnaz_Afkhami سرکار خانم افخمی با سپاس از وقتی که به رادیو پویا دادید از طریق لینک زیر میتوانید گفتگویتان را با شهرنوش پارسی پور گوش کنید این برنامه به مدت دوهفته در رادیو پویا پخش خواهد شد. رادیوی ما بیش از 25000 شنونده […]

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Throughout the media coverage in recent months of the tumultuous events in Egypt, little attention has been paid to Egyptian women, who may have the most to gain or to lose in any new political order that emerges in the country. Social media and dedicated Web sites are filling the gap for many women eager for news, in Egypt and across the Muslim world…Mahnaz Afkhami has a network of contacts in Egypt…

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

“Movement building is extremely important…We still haven’t figured out our relationship with religion as women activists,” said Afkhami. “We still have a divide between those who consider themselves deep believers and those who consider themselves activists [for women’s rights], as if you have to choose between your faith and your activism.”

Reexamining A Revolution in Light of Women’s Eyes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Reexamining A Revolution in Light of Women’s Eyes

Featuring key discussions from the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 28–30, 2013, watch filmmaker Jenny Montasir’s 4 minute shows us how the work…in spite of the challenges is continuing. “Girls’ and women’s rights are systematically violated,” says Women Deliver, but women are fighting today, especially in Egypt, as much as possible to remove these obstacles. “It’s about human security and human rights,” says Iranian human rights advocate Ms. Mahnaz Afkhami.

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It (In English and Croatian)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It (In English and Croatian)

The pattern after the “Arab Spring” resembled very much the trajectory of the Iranian revolution, where liberal and progressive forces brought support and success to the uprisings but the better networked, resourced, and organized fundamentalist forces succeeded in taking over the governments. Women in Iran and in the Arab world sought progress, equality, and rights. The story is not finished yet. Regressive forces simply cannot sustain themselves over time in this stage of human development.

The Word on Women-cultural barriers to women as peace builders

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Word on Women-cultural barriers to women as peace builders

Culture is not always worth preserving. This sentiment was echoed throughout the panels and workshops at “Breaking Barriers: What it will take to achieve security, justice and peace,” a recent conference at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The three-day conference drew 150 delegates, mostly women, from nearly 50 countries to discuss working solutions for developing sustainable peace.

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women’s Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian and English subtitles)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women’s Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian and English subtitles)

The half hour video provides the historical context for the women’s movement in Iran from its early beginnings just before the constitutional revolution of 1906 through the efforts at networking and organizing to promote girls education in the 1930’s, women’s political rights in the 1950s and 60s, and finally reform of the family laws in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The documentary focuses on the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami, especially her ten-year tenure as the Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran and her three years in the Iranian cabinet as the first Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa Region, to examine the achievements of women during this period while presenting a portrait of Afkhami as wife, sister, mother, and grandmother.

این برنامۀ مستند و نیم ساعتۀ صدای آمریکا به زندگی نامۀ مهناز افخمی اختصاص دارد و درعین حال به مروری بر بافتار تاریخی جنبش زنان ایران که در آستانۀ انقلاب مشروطیت در اوائل قرن بیستم آغاز شد، به تدریج توان یافت و در مراحل گوناگون به ثمر رسید. در ده سالی که وی در مقام دبیرکل سازمان زنان ایران خدمت می کرد، و به ویژه در سه سال عضویت اش در کابینه به عنوان وزیر مشاور در امور زنان- مقامی که تا آن هنگام در هیچ یک از کشورهای خاورمیانه و آفریقای شمالی وجود نداشت- زنان ایران در احقاق حقوق و آزادی هایشان در همۀ عرصه های زندگی سیاسی و اجتماعی و خانوادگی به دستاوردهای بی سابقه رسیده بودند.
این برنامه، در روایتی مصور، رویدادهای عمدۀ زندگی شخصی مهناز افخمی را به عنوان همسر، خواهر، مادر و مادر بزرگ نیز ترسیم می کند. از دوران کودکی تا دوران دشوار تحصیل و کارِ همزمان در ایالات متحد، از کوچ ناخواسته از وطن تا بازسازی زندگی در غربت

For Muslim Women, A Careful Script to Combat Violence

Monday, September 17, 2012

For Muslim Women, A Careful Script to Combat Violence

“When I was conceptualizing (WLP’s first) leadership manual many years ago we thought once the English prototype was tested in various settings, each country would choose local narratives to replace the international ones,” Afkhami said. “Much to our surprise, everyone wanted to keep most of the scenarios from other places because of just that fact. They all wanted to engage in specific problem-solving with an understanding of the similarities in the condition of women across cultures.”

2012 Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Several hundred women gathered on June 23 on the campus of Georgetown University for the first-ever Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference held on the East coast. The Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAW) co-hosted the event along with the World Bank’s Persian Gender Network and the IMF Iranian Staff Club.

Iranian Voices: A Seminar About Iran and Human Rights (in English and Swedish)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Iranian Voices: A Seminar About Iran and Human Rights (in English and Swedish)

The Arabic spring is considered as the starting point of a new era in the Arabic world’s history. From Iran, however, it’s been very quite. The demonstrations were hushed up successfully and today pro-democracy movement appears underground. Come and meet human rights activists from Iran in the areas of LGBT, women’s rights and ethnic / religious minorities. Afkhami speaks on the role of technology in movement building for women globally.

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