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From the Margins to the Center: Women and Democracy in the Middle East (In Persian)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Washington TV / By Amir Irani-Tehrani

Iran’s Million Signatures Campaign: A Leading Voice for Democracy

Monday, November 9, 2009

Democracy Digest / By David Lowe
The volume is the second in a series of translations brought forth by the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), an international organization that actively promotes the rights of women in developing societies. As the WLP’s founder and president Mahnaz Afkhami notes, “In the end, the simple courage and perseverance of women whose peaceful signature-gathering is condemned as a crime against the state reminds us that ideas and beliefs cannot be silenced.”

The Cup’s Half Full for Middle Eastern Feminists

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Cup’s Half Full for Middle Eastern Feminists

Ms. Magazine / By Carole Joffe
Despite shortcomings in its enforcement, CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)—the United Nations’ international women’s rights treaty—has brought progress to women in the Middle East, according to women leaders from the region at a recent panel celebrating of its 30th anniversary.

A Woman For All Seasons (In Persian)

Friday, November 6, 2009

On November 6, Ms. Afkhami was featured on Mehdi Falahati’s Persian-language program “Rou dar Rou” (Face-to-Face), produced by Voice of America. During the interview she discussed her professional journey, as well as the role of women in Iran’s democracy movement and their use of ICTs to take their message to the international community.

Afkhami acredita que a história está do lado das mulheres (In Portuguese)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Público / Por Margarida Santos Lopes
Ms Afkhami details the interrelation between her career and the recent history of the women’s rights movement in Iran. The latest post-election protests leave her optimistic about the battle for freedom and justice. She believes that history is on the side of women.

Kadının fendi Ahmedinecad’ı yendi (In Turkish)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sabah / By Bilge Eser
I didn’t choose politics; I chose women’s rights.” Mahnaz Afkhami looks back on her time as Minister of Women’s Affairs in Iran before the revolution and looks forward to the future of Iran, where she believes, “women are on the winning side which is the side of history.”

Executed But Not Forgotten: Iran’s Farrokhroo Parsay

Sunday, August 23, 2009

NPR / By Liane Hansen / Listen
Host Liane Hansen interviews Mahnaz Afkhami, a former Minister of State for Women’s Affairs in Iran, about Farrokhroo Parsay. Parsay was the minister of education from 1968 to 1977 and was executed after the revolution for corruption. Parsay was one of Iran’s most important advocates for women’s rights.

‘I was Iran’s last woman minister’

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


BBC World Service / By Nikki Jecks / Listen
The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has announced he intends to appoint Iran’s first women cabinet ministers since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Mahnaz Afkhami was one of the last two women to take part in an Iranian government before the revolution.

Women Inspiring Women

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Forbes / By Francesca Donner
More than a month has elapsed since Iran’s fated election and the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan, which stood out among countless others as a symbol of her country’s turmoil. But as the public protests continue, something big is going on behind the scenes: Women far beyond Iran’s borders are taking cues from one another and learning to become their own champions for change.

Icons of the New Iran

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Nation / By Barbara Crossette
In every way the unwitting victim, Neda Agha-Soltan, has become a powerful if tragic icon of a new Iran. “Once there is a level of consciousness in the civic body, civic organizations and people, you can push back some of it, but you can’t take the consciousness away from people,” Afkhami said in a conversation on Monday, recalling the active role of women in public life three decades ago. She added, “this battle between women and the government just keeps going on. Right now it shows itself vividly. Because of the election, they allowed people to come out and get together. They wanted a big demonstration of participation–and then it backfired.”

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