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International Women’s Day of Solidarity (In Persian)

Thursday, August 3, 2006

گفتگو با مهناز افخمی بمناسبت روز جهانی زن (VOA Persian)
On the occasion of international women’s day, Mahnaz Afkhami joins the show to discuss the meaning of the 8th of March as a day solidarity.

Small Groups Still Changing the World

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Chicago Defender / By Edelman, Marian Wright
Anthropologist Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” In mid-June, a new network of thoughtful committed and powerful women from around the world: a queen, president, two Nobel Peace laureates, seven First Ladies, numerous cabinet members of governments from around the world, high-level officials from a variety of United Nations agencies, nonprofit, business, faith, educational, philanthropic, and cultural leaders, and young leaders across race and faith gathered together to act to build a world safe and fit for children.

Women’s Conference Opens Today – Jordan

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Middle East North Africa Financial Network (MENAFN) / Jordan Times
Women’s Learning Partnership President Mahnaz Afkhami pointed out another global weakness for women: Representation. For example, Afkhami said, when 140 world leaders gathered in 2000 to draft the goals of the third millennium, there were only seven women leaders present.

Prominent Women Leaders from Across the Globe To Gather in Jordan with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah June 11-13

Friday, June 2, 2006

U.S. Newswire Prominent Women Leaders from Across the Globe to Gather in Jordan with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah to launch the Global Women’s Action Network for Children June 11-13th 2006 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center – Dead Sea, Jordan Every minute somewhere in the world a mother dies during pregnancy or […]

Beyond the Veil – Women and Change in the Middle East

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars “Dialogue Radio” / By George Liston Seay / Listen
To affect change, women must take charge of their own destiny. They must reclaim the tenets of their faith. They must also be willing to challenge deeply rooted traditions.

Justice, Pluralism, and Participation

Sunday, April 2, 2006

World Movement for Democracy
Discussing women’s democratic participation from the perspective of culture, Mahnaz Afkhami happily acknowledged a new consciousness that women should be involved in decision making. She argued that over time scientific progress has reshaped the roles of individuals, families, and communities, and that a new, equally rational, system must be designed to address economic and political matters. She said that societies need to develop a shared vision in the struggle for change.

Iranian Regime Erases Progress on Women’s Rights

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

The Washington Times / By Xin Li
The marriageable age for Iranian women can be a barometer of progress toward equal rights. When Ayatollah Ruholla Kkomeini overthrew the Shah in 1979, the marriageable age was reduced from eighteen to nine.

Betty Friedan, Mahnaz Afkhami and Iran (In Persian)

Monday, February 6, 2006

گفتگو با مهناز افخمی بمناسبت درگذشت بتی فريدن، فعال حقوق زنان آمريک (VOA Persian)

On the passing of Betty Friedan, Mahnaz Afkhami looks back on Betty Friedan’s visit to Iran in 1974, and their subsequent work together in the United States.

Reforming Islamic Family Law

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Emily Weedon
“Family law”, explained Mahnaz Afkhami at a panel on the role of women in Muslim-majority countries, “is an envelope in which all aspects of a woman’s life” takes place. She discussed the West’s difficulty in both understanding and approaching the issue of family law within Islamic culture.

Women and Democracy: Democratizing the Middle East?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University / Listen
Autonomous grassroots organizations in different Muslim-majority countries have partnered to create a Guide to Family Law in the Maghreb. They are also campaigning for more egalitarian family laws in their societies.

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