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IAPAC Honors Accomplishments of Iranian Women

Friday, June 25, 2004

The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) recently celebrated the accomplishments of Iranian women and honored Mahnaz Afkhami, Women’s Learning Partnership CEO, Mehrangiz Kar, human rights activist, and Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate.

Iranian Americans’ Hearts Are Miles Away; Groups Scramble to Send Quake Victims Aid

Monday, December 29, 2003

The Washington Post / By Caryle Murphy
Neda Toloui-Semnani left Iran 22 years ago as a 2-year-old. She grew up in the District, graduated from the University of Maryland and now works for a nonprofit group in the Iranian capital of Tehran. As a result, Toloui-Semnani is closer than most Iranian Americans to the unfolding tragedy in her homeland brought on by Friday’s devastating earthquake. “In a strange way, it feels like 9/11 all over again. There are the same feelings of shock and trauma,” Toloui-Semnani, 24, said in a telephone interview yesterday. “The difference here is that the numbers are astronomical. Also, there is nobody to blame. I don’t know if that makes it better or worse.”

Meet Mahnaz Afkhami

Monday, October 20, 2003

Iran Dokht / By Gissou Azarnia
Every year, legions of aspiring politicos and non-profiteers make their way to Washington, D.C. in the hopes of establishing a name for themselves and their work. To begin this series, Iran Dokht takes a look at the Women’s Learning Partnership and its founder Mahnaz Afkhami.

Women Campaigning for Equality

Sunday, October 19, 2003

IranDokht / By Pari Esfandiari
The importance of women’s rights groups such as the WLP should not be overlooked nor should the contributions of individual women to the world-wide struggle for peace, freedom, and equal human rights, women such as Mahnaz Afkhami, the Founder and President of the Women’s Learning Partnership.

Women’s Learning Partnership Conference

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Iran Dokht / By Pari Esfandiari
Pari Esfandiari Interviews Gissou Azarnia on “Clash or Consensus?- Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World,” a conference held at John Hopkins University in Washington D.C. and sponsored by the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace.

Muslim Countries: Can Women Have A Voice In A Men’s World?

Friday, October 17, 2003

To The Point KCRW Los Angeles / By Warren Olney / Listen
Muslim countries traditionally offer few leading roles for women. Does the selection of the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize change the equation? Can democracy be realized in Muslim nations if women there do not have equal rights? We get views from Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, an associate professor of political science, specialized on the issues of Islam and democracy, the founder and president of Women-s Learning Partnership, the director of an Islamic Center and a former U.S diplomat.

And The Winner Is…

Friday, October 10, 2003

WBUR Boston NPR / Listen
Shirin Ebadi becomes the first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize. Ms. Afkhami’s reaction is one of pure joy for Shirin Ebadi as well as for women representatives from around the world, especially in Muslim-majority countries. “It is fantastic to see this kind of support for voices of moderation, voices of reason”.

Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World

Monday, September 22, 2003

The Middle East Women’s Studies Review / By Abby Jenkins, Megan Brown, Sian MacAdam
More than 250 activists, academics, policy-makers, and organizational and religious leaders from over 20 countries gathered at Women’s Learning Partnership’s human security conference, “Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World” in Washington, DC, USA, on October 8-9, 2003. Organized in collaboration with the Global Fund for Women, the conference provided a forum for women leaders and human security experts from the Global South–particularly from Muslim societies–to explore ways to discuss and define human security goals and challenges from a perspective that is people-centered.

In Iraq, Women Fight A Separate War For Freedom.

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

San Jose Mercury News / By Fan, Maureen
Today, because of the ravages of three recent wars, women account for almost 60 percent of Iraq’s population. And, having already tasted some freedom under a secular government in the 1970s, they are increasingly vocal about prying loose the vise-like grip men have held on Iraqi society for generations. But Iraqi men may find themselves in an awkward spot if the United States succeeds in grafting majority-rule democracy onto a society with a long legacy of chauvinism and cultural divisions.

The Reunion – Shah of Iran’s Court

Sunday, August 17, 2003

BBC / By Sue MacGregor
Sue MacGregor gathers together some of the most senior of the Shah of Iran’s court who became exiles from their country shortly after the revolution which saw Ayatollah Khomeini take power.

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