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The Word on Women-cultural barriers to women as peace builders

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Word on Women-cultural barriers to women as peace builders

Culture is not always worth preserving. This sentiment was echoed throughout the panels and workshops at “Breaking Barriers: What it will take to achieve security, justice and peace,” a recent conference at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The three-day conference drew 150 delegates, mostly women, from nearly 50 countries to discuss working solutions for developing sustainable peace.

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women’s Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian and English subtitles)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women’s Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian and English subtitles)

The half hour video provides the historical context for the women’s movement in Iran from its early beginnings just before the constitutional revolution of 1906 through the efforts at networking and organizing to promote girls education in the 1930’s, women’s political rights in the 1950s and 60s, and finally reform of the family laws in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The documentary focuses on the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami, especially her ten-year tenure as the Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran and her three years in the Iranian cabinet as the first Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa Region, to examine the achievements of women during this period while presenting a portrait of Afkhami as wife, sister, mother, and grandmother.

این برنامۀ مستند و نیم ساعتۀ صدای آمریکا به زندگی نامۀ مهناز افخمی اختصاص دارد و درعین حال به مروری بر بافتار تاریخی جنبش زنان ایران که در آستانۀ انقلاب مشروطیت در اوائل قرن بیستم آغاز شد، به تدریج توان یافت و در مراحل گوناگون به ثمر رسید. در ده سالی که وی در مقام دبیرکل سازمان زنان ایران خدمت می کرد، و به ویژه در سه سال عضویت اش در کابینه به عنوان وزیر مشاور در امور زنان- مقامی که تا آن هنگام در هیچ یک از کشورهای خاورمیانه و آفریقای شمالی وجود نداشت- زنان ایران در احقاق حقوق و آزادی هایشان در همۀ عرصه های زندگی سیاسی و اجتماعی و خانوادگی به دستاوردهای بی سابقه رسیده بودند.
این برنامه، در روایتی مصور، رویدادهای عمدۀ زندگی شخصی مهناز افخمی را به عنوان همسر، خواهر، مادر و مادر بزرگ نیز ترسیم می کند. از دوران کودکی تا دوران دشوار تحصیل و کارِ همزمان در ایالات متحد، از کوچ ناخواسته از وطن تا بازسازی زندگی در غربت

For Muslim Women, A Careful Script to Combat Violence

Monday, September 17, 2012

For Muslim Women, A Careful Script to Combat Violence

“When I was conceptualizing (WLP’s first) leadership manual many years ago we thought once the English prototype was tested in various settings, each country would choose local narratives to replace the international ones,” Afkhami said. “Much to our surprise, everyone wanted to keep most of the scenarios from other places because of just that fact. They all wanted to engage in specific problem-solving with an understanding of the similarities in the condition of women across cultures.”

2012 Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference in Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

2012 Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference in Washington, DC

During the 2012 IAW Leadership Conference hosted by the Iranian-American Women’s Foundation alongside the World Bank’s Persian Gender Network, and the IMF Iranian Staff Club, Mahnaz Afkhami addressed the importance of remembering and learning from predecessors and mentors as a speaker on the ‘Women’s Development & Empowerment’ panel. She stressed that the younger generation of attendees must “deeply respect every person you work with,” despite potential differences of opinion. The healthy exchange of opinions will only lead to a greater understanding of the issue at hand.

2012 Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Several hundred women gathered on June 23 on the campus of Georgetown University for the first-ever Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference held on the East coast. The Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAW) co-hosted the event along with the World Bank’s Persian Gender Network and the IMF Iranian Staff Club.

The Word on Women: MENA region tops agenda at AWID global women’s rights forum

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Word on Women: MENA region tops agenda at AWID global women’s rights forum

“It takes a lot of hard work to change cultures of dictatorship to cultures of democracy. We need to develop strategies so we can work as quickly as possible…to try to avoid replacing one kind of dictatorship with another,” said Mahnaz Afkhami.

2500 Women Activists Travel to Istanbul for AWID Forum

Thursday, April 19, 2012

2500 Women Activists Travel to Istanbul for AWID Forum

More than 2,500 women from 140 countries traveled to İstanbul on Thursday for the start of the 12th Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Forum. Mahnaz Afkhami, a former women’s affairs minister of Iran, led a break-out session Thursday for women’s rights activists from the Middle East and North Africa to share their strides and challenges in advancing women’s rights in the midst of the democratic uprisings that have swept the region. But the hindrances Muslim women face are not so different than those of women across the globe, Afkhami told Today’s Zaman in an exclusive interview.

Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Americans are bombarded with media coverage of the three-decade-old Islamic Republic and its nuclear aspirations. But there’s more to Iran than Ahmdainejad, as can be seen in the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries’ new project, Feast Your Eyes: A Taste of Luxury in Ancient Iran. The Atlantic invited a panel of Iranian-American leaders to discuss the exhibit. Taking part in the dialogue are Azar Nafisi, the much-acclaimed Iranian-American author of long-standing New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran; Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic Art Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; and Mahnaz Afkhami.

Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Using CEDAW to Advance Women’s Human Rights LIVE

Monday, March 5, 2012

Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Using CEDAW to Advance Women’s Human Rights LIVE

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to enact legal reforms and undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all its forms.

Documentary From Fear to Freedom: Stopping Gender-based Violence Premiere

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Documentary From Fear to Freedom: Stopping Gender-based Violence Premiere

In collaboration with The New School, Women’s Learning Partnership premieres its new documentary From Fear to Freedom: Stopping Gender-based Violence in a Transitioning World. Introductory remarks to be made by Mahnaz Afkhami, and followed by a discussion by global leaders working at the national and international levels about the relationship between advancing women’s rights, combating gender-based violence, and forming stable democractic societies during this crucial time of transition in the MENA region and beyond. Panelists included: Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon), Lydia Alpizar-Duran (Costa Rica/Mexico), Sawsan Gad (Egypt), Rabea Naciri (Morocco) and Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini (Iran/UK).

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