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.
On September 14, 2015, Mahnaz Afkhami gave opening remarks at Women’s Learning Partnership’s conference “The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security” at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.
Mahnaz Afkhami spoke with Tavaana co-Director Mariam Memarsedeghi to speak about her work and women’s rights in pre-Revolution Iran.
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.”
Mahnaz Afkhami speaks with Kambiz Hosseini (hailed as Iran’s Jon Stewart) about women’s political participation in Iran.
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.
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.
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.
Mahnaz Afkhami, a World NGO Day Goodwill Ambassador speaks at the World NGO Day Forum in Helsinki, Finland on universal education and NGOs and private enterprise, and also will present the keynote speech on society empowerment via gender equality.
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.