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AWID Forum Examines Advances for Women, Focuses on Muslim Societies

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Radio Farda / By Fatemeh Aman and Bill Samii
Afkhami expressed optimism about advances for women since the United Nations held its last major conference on women’s issues in Beijing in 1995. Their political participation around the world has increased, she said, and is codified in 70 percent of the world. Such codification includes mandatory quotas for female candidates imposed on political parties and the setting aside of specific numbers of legislative seats for women, she said.


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Iran Dokht / By Pari Esfandiari
The Internet purportedly marks the millennial world of democracy and equality, where nationality, race, class and gender differences can finally be cast aside. Yet, over the years, it seems as though white, First World men have had the lion’s share of the global Internet pie.

Forum Examines Advances for Women, Focuses on Muslim Societies

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty / By Fatemeh Aman and Bill Samii
Some 2,000 women’s rights activists gathered in Bangkok on 27-30 October for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development’s (AWID) 10th international forum. Mahnaz Afkhami, a member of the international advisory committee, shed light on the AWID event. “This conference is bringing the conceptual to the pragmatic level .”

Mahnaz Afkhami & Farah Ebrahimi: Iran

Saturday, October 1, 2005

PBS “Destination America”
Sisters Mahnaz and Farah became independent women in America. Both later returned to Iran as adults, where they would be torn apart by Iranian politics during the reign of the shah. Mahnaz became a minister in the shah’s government and advocated for women’s rights, while Farah and her husband joined the cause of the revolution. Ultimately, Mahnaz and Farah both had to flee Iran in fear for their lives.

Women Weigh Khatami’s Legacy on Gender Issues

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty / By Bill Samii and Fatemeh Aman
RFERL_WomenWeighKhatamiLegacyKhatami’s election victory on 23 May 1997 owed a great deal to support from female voters. As he leaves office, observers debate how much he managed to achieve for Iranian women. Mahnaz Afkhami suggested that, “when the basic principles of democracy and human rights are not respected, the presence of a few women in the presidential race is irrelevant.”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Victory in Iran’s Presidential Runoff Election

Monday, June 27, 2005

PBS_IranPrez_6PBS “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” / By Margaret Warner
Since his historic election Friday, the president-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to govern as a moderate and sworn Iran would continue its nuclear program. Afkhami says, “For the first time, all of the basic structures of power in the Islamic republic are uniformly in conservative hands.”

Persian New Year Transcends Religions, Regimes

Thursday, March 17, 2005

National Geographic News / By John Roach
The arrival of the spring equinox on Sunday will cue Persians to party. Far from a gardening rite, the equilibrium of day and night marks the start of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. “[Nowruz] is a celebration of the renewal of nature after the slumber of winter, so to speak, and along with it the human response to that awakening of the Earth,” said Mahnaz Afkhami.

Women’s Conference Sees Progress On Rights Overshadowed By Violence

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

RFERL_UNWomensConferenceRadio Free Europe Radio Liberty/ By Robert McMahon
Delegates at the United Nations have begun a review of the efforts to improve women’s rights 10 years after a Beijing conference set out goals for achieving global equality for women. Women’s Learning Partnership organized a symposium focusing on violence against women. The organization’s president, Mahnaz Afkhami, tells RFE/RL of progress in women’s skill-building and educational possibilities as well as persistent problems, including the resurgence of extremism that has been using religion and culture in order to change the balance of power even further in favor of men.

Learning Center Conducts Workshops on Empowerment of Women

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

VOA News / Listen
An organization headquartered in Washington is dedicated to strengthening women’s leadership, communications, and advocacy skills. Its president describes the ways that women are being helped to contribute to democracy and peace building in their nations.

Women Can Do Much Once They Realize Their Power

Friday, September 24, 2004

The Daily Star / By Jessy Chahine
Once women come to realize that they can have a say and that working together brings power, countless ideas and civic organizations come about, said Mahnaz Afkhami during an international meeting to discuss the empowerment of women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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