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Promoting Lessons in Leadership for Women

Sunday, April 15, 2007

World of Education / By Claude Carroué
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Afkhami will deliver the message that “in spite of the diversity of circumstances and of contexts within which we work, there is a great deal that binds us together. There are numerous strategies we can share, and our solidarity is our strength.”

Coding a Revolution

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Foreign Policy / By Daria Vaisman
It is estimated that half of all software engineers coming out of Iranian universities are women. With the restrictions put on women in the Middle East, technology is an attractive option for those who want a career, as it can be done from home, allowing ambitious women to become well-known within their industry without becoming taboo in their communities.

Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, March 8, 2007

VOA / By Julie Vahdati
A Woman’s World: Films About Muslim Women From Around The World
War, violence, extremism, fundamentalism, and restrictive legislation are but the most striking of the hurdles women must overcome as they strive for the most rudimentary of rights. The 25-minute documentary tells the stories of women activists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who, working in partnership, have developed and implemented strategies to overcome these challenges.

You Can’t Judge an Iranian Woman by Her Cover

Monday, February 12, 2007

ABC News “Good Morning America” / By Diane Sawyer
As strong and able as they are, Iranian women have a battle to wage. Afkhami says, Iranian women “are so very modern and so very connected to the rest of the world and so anxious for rights and so conscious of the importance of achieving those rights, and the two are just worlds apart, what they have and what they wish for.”

What’s Being Done On … Effective Networking?

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

World Movement for Democracy
Our greatest problems are the growth of extremism and fundamentalism, which always affects women’s activism, and authoritarian governments that are now both more threatened by current political conditions and also more prone to use these conditions as a reason for tightening their hold on civil society.

Against All Odds: Introduction

Friday, December 1, 2006

Women’s Learning Partnership
Against All Odds: Women Partnering for Change in a Time of Crisis. In this video the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) addresses the challenges that they face in today’s world and the value of networking in overcoming these challenges.

Partnership and Movement Building: Against All Odds

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Women’s Learning Partnership
Women leaders talk about the building of a global, grassroots, women’s rights movement with Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), based on a spirit of understanding and built around the felt needs of masses of women around the world.

Advocating Change for Women in Muslim Countries

Monday, November 27, 2006

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Jamal Najjab
The WLP campaign for “Women as Equal Citizens: Advocating for Change in Muslim-Majority Societies” emphasizes grassroots efforts and respect of the regional culture in order to bring about reform policies as well as legislation concerning gender equality. In many countries in the Arab world, women are denied the right of nationality, a key part of citizenship. These laws undermine women’s status as equal citizens in their home countries, preventing them from participating fully in public life.

Mahnaz Afkhami’s Remarkable Contribution to Women’s Progress

Friday, November 3, 2006

Iran Dokht / By Pari Esfandiari
My path has crossed that of many extraordinary women in Iran, in the Middle East region, as well as around the world. I hope to be sharing the experience of being part of the women’s movement at the local and global level for over thirty years and reflect [in my memoirs] upon the way women learn from each other and work together and the challenges and opportunities they face in the troubled times in which we live.

Fighting the Good Fight for Women’s Lives

Saturday, September 9, 2006

NPR “All Things Considered” / By Jacki Lyden / Listen
Delegates from developing countries, many from Islamic nations, met in Washington, DC to compare notes on the struggle to advance women’s rights. “Any sort of progress toward modernism, toward what we consider egalitarian societies, involves the basic structure of the family,” Afkhami says. “All the arguments for backwardness and fundamentalism really focuses on women.”

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