VOA Persian Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on Marzieh Afkham (In Persian)

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.

VOA Persian: The Cyrus Cylinder Exhibit (In Persian)

The exhibition of Cyrus Cylinder at the Freer/Sackler museum and several other US museums sparked numerous conferences and seminars featuring the image of Cyrus in the Bible as well as the works of the ancient Greek historians as the first ruler to uphold freedom of religion and to support diversity, as well as safeguarding post conflict refugees. The Cylinder, a copy of which is displayed at the United Nations, represents the first document on human rights. Afkhami and others comment on the Cylinder’s contributions to human beliefs and customs.

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 […]

BBC Persian: Women’s Political Participation in Iran (In Persian & English)

Mahnaz Afkhami and Mehrangiz Kar, lawyer and human rights activist, speak with BBC Persian about women’s political participation in Iran on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of being accorded their right to vote.

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

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of Women Affairs in Pahlavi-era Iran

BBC Persian News – by Maryam Ghanbarzadeh

Women’s organizations in Iran were commonplace in the period before the Islamic Revolution and largely run by women volunteers who served in the early fifties [text continues in Persian]….

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