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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.

Islam belongs in people’s lives, not in politics, says Karima Bennoune

Monday, October 28, 2013

Islam belongs in people’s lives, not in politics, says Karima Bennoune

Bennoune lays out a critique of Muslim fundamentalism, not from a crude “war on terror” viewpoint, but from a human rights perspective…A dilemma for women is whether to challenge the fundamentalists on religious terms. Opinion is divided. Afkhami (says) “…If you’re a woman, the guy who is the general in the religious army is not even going to pay the slightest attention to what your view of the text is.”

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Throughout the media coverage in recent months of the tumultuous events in Egypt, little attention has been paid to Egyptian women, who may have the most to gain or to lose in any new political order that emerges in the country. Social media and dedicated Web sites are filling the gap for many women eager for news, in Egypt and across the Muslim world…Mahnaz Afkhami has a network of contacts in Egypt…

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.

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

“Movement building is extremely important…We still haven’t figured out our relationship with religion as women activists,” said Afkhami. “We still have a divide between those who consider themselves deep believers and those who consider themselves activists [for women’s rights], as if you have to choose between your faith and your activism.”

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It (In English and Croatian)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It (In English and Croatian)

The pattern after the “Arab Spring” resembled very much the trajectory of the Iranian revolution, where liberal and progressive forces brought support and success to the uprisings but the better networked, resourced, and organized fundamentalist forces succeeded in taking over the governments. Women in Iran and in the Arab world sought progress, equality, and rights. The story is not finished yet. Regressive forces simply cannot sustain themselves over time in this stage of human development.

Women Deliver 2013 Conference

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Women Deliver 2013 Conference

Mahnaz Afkhami spoke on several panels at the Women Deliver 2013 Conference. Women Deliver is the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. Thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets. Strategising […]

Iranian New Year 2013: Celebrate These Persian Women Who Have Fought For Equality

Monday, March 25, 2013

Iranian New Year 2013: Celebrate These Persian Women Who Have Fought For Equality

The first day of spring marks the beginning of a new year, or Norooz, in Iran…Here is a round-up of just a few fantastic female activists who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women’s rights and stature in the world. These ladies give the nation, the region, and, indeed, the entire world hope for meaningful and lasting change.

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.

Are Women Leaders Less Corrupt, No But They Shake Things Up

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Are Women Leaders Less Corrupt, No But They Shake Things Up

It is almost a cliché that getting more women into power is a good way to tackle corruption. Women, the argument goes, are less likely to take bribes or put personal gain before public good. But is it true?

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