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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 […]

CANY Seminar Series Lecture “Eliminating Violence Against Women, A Discussion with Mahnaz Afkhami”

Thursday, October 31, 2013

CANY Seminar Series Lecture “Eliminating Violence Against Women, A Discussion with Mahnaz Afkhami”

Afkhami’s lecture “Eliminating Violence Against Women, a Discussion with Mahnaz Afkhami” kicked off the 2013/2014 Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) Seminar Series.

Reader’s Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reader’s Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Afkhami and panelists discuss the classic novel “Woman at Point Zero” by Egyptian author and feminist Nawal El Saadawi which is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty ending with her facing execution–at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism. First published in Arabic in 1975.

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.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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)

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

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.

Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Americans are bombarded with media coverage of the three-decade-old Islamic Republic and its nuclear aspirations. But there’s more to Iran than Ahmdainejad, as can be seen in the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries’ new project, Feast Your Eyes: A Taste of Luxury in Ancient Iran. The Atlantic invited a panel of Iranian-American leaders to discuss the exhibit. Taking part in the dialogue are Azar Nafisi, the much-acclaimed Iranian-American author of long-standing New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran; Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic Art Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; and Mahnaz Afkhami.

Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Using CEDAW to Advance Women’s Human Rights LIVE

Monday, March 5, 2012

Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Using CEDAW to Advance Women’s Human Rights LIVE

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to enact legal reforms and undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all its forms.

Documentary From Fear to Freedom: Stopping Gender-based Violence Premiere

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Documentary From Fear to Freedom: Stopping Gender-based Violence Premiere

In collaboration with The New School, Women’s Learning Partnership premieres its new documentary From Fear to Freedom: Stopping Gender-based Violence in a Transitioning World. Introductory remarks to be made by Mahnaz Afkhami, and followed by a discussion by global leaders working at the national and international levels about the relationship between advancing women’s rights, combating gender-based violence, and forming stable democractic societies during this crucial time of transition in the MENA region and beyond. Panelists included: Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon), Lydia Alpizar-Duran (Costa Rica/Mexico), Sawsan Gad (Egypt), Rabea Naciri (Morocco) and Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini (Iran/UK).

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