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World activists demand release of Suu Kyi

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Jakarta Post / By Lilian Budianto
Iran’s Mahnaz Afkhami, Russia’s Dokka Itslaev, Venezuela’s Roberto Patino and Syria’s Radwan Ziadeh will receive the John Boyce Hurford honor. Hurford was a philanthropist who helped form the World Movement for Democracy, which is meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Shirin Ebadi on Obama and Tehran

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Economist / By R.L.G.
Perhaps the most interesting point from the perspective of American policy is that Shirin Ebadi simply does not think this government can or will negotiate nuclear issues in good faith with America. Mahnaz Afkhami noted that anti-Americanism is one of the few claims on legitimacy the government has left. This is why neither of them thought the Americans should waste time talking about nukes when the government can never agree, and why America should instead focus on supporting the greens.

Iraqi activist: Women’s rights must be focus for new parliament

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Iraqi activist: Women’s rights must be focus for new parliament

CNN / By Tom Evans
Even as votes are counted in Iraq’s general election, a leading human rights activist in Baghdad said Monday that she is counting on the new parliament to defend and develop women’s rights. Basma al-Khateeb, of the Iraqi Women’s Network, said it was vital for Iraqi legislators of both genders to defend the Iraqi “Law of Personal Status,” which protects women and families, and limits the influence of religious courts.

CNN’s Amanpour: Panel Discussion with Activists on Women’s Rights in the Middle East

Monday, March 8, 2010

CNN’s Amanpour: Panel Discussion with Activists on Women’s Rights in the Middle East

CNN / By Christiane Amanpour / Part 2; Part 3
Women’s rights have advanced in many Muslim countries, but women still suffer from more inequality than anywhere else. Joining Christiane Amanpour are three women who’ve made it their mission to promote gender equality: the president and CEO of the Women’s Learning Partnership, Mahnaz Afkhami, she’s a former minister for women’s affairs in Iran; Asma Khader, who is secretary general of the Jordanian National Commission for Women and a former culture minister; and Lina Abou Habib, executive director of a Lebanese organization that tries to empower women.

Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, the second woman minister in the history of Iran (In Persian)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BBC Persian Hardtalk / By Enayat Fani Afkhami looks back on the complex issues of advancing women’s rights in Iran: from her time working as Minister for Women’s Affairs in pre revolutionary Iran, and using economic development goals as a way of advancing the status of women and promoting reform of family law. BBC Persian […]

Female Scholars in Exile Form Legion of Longing

Monday, January 11, 2010

Women’s eNews / By Bijoyeta Das
Exiled female writers find they have little in common with immigrants who come to the U.S. seeking material gains. Instead, they are often looking for the chance to find continuity and tell stories about their ruptured lives.

Iran’s New Crackdown on Women

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Daily Beast / By Dana Goldstein
Mahnaz Afkhami says that in recent months, the Iranian government has encouraged civil-rights and pro-democracy leaders to emigrate, as an alterative to lengthy imprisonments or executions that could further inflame a restive public. “The idea is to make sure they leave the country. That’s how they become irrelevant actually, relative to the kind of role they can play when they’re inside. ”

Iranian Women Campaign To End Discriminatory Laws Against Them

Friday, December 11, 2009

VOA News / By Judith Latham / Listen
One way the One Million Signatures Campaign has overcome those barriers is by reaching out to women through “one-on-one” contact. Afkhami said women in the campaign, who go into private homes as well as to places where women gather, try to get other women to sign on to the petition for change. “But if they don’t, they leave the information with them because the aim is to get one million activists, not so much one million signatures,” she said.

Women’s Rights In Iran

Friday, November 27, 2009

PRI’s The World / By Marco Werman / Listen
Iran’s authorities recently confiscated Shirin Ebadi’s Nobel Peace prize medal. Activists say the move against the Iranian human rights lawyer exemplifies Tehran’s hostility toward women. Mahnaz Afkhami was the Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran before the 1979 revolution. She now lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Afkhami wrote the foreword to a new book called Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality. Anchor Marco Werman talks with Afkhami about the women’s movement in Iran and the ‘One Million Signatures’ campaign.

Advancing Women A Top Clinton Goal

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The New York Times / By Janine Zacharia
Internationally, women want to leverage Mrs. Clinton’s enthusiasm for advancing the rights of women and girls to win U.S. ratification of the 30-year-old Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. “I’ve never seen such awareness” in Washington, says Mahnaz Afkhami. “There is all sorts of hope that maybe this degree of seriousness will bear fruit.”

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