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Engendering IT Tools: WLP Partners Share ICT Advocacy Strategies

Sunday, October 12, 2008

AWID / By Women’s Learning Partnership
On September 5th, 2008, Women’s Learning Partnership presented a panel at the National Endowment for Democracy entitled “Technology for Women’s Rights Advocacy and Democracy Building. Mahnaz Afkhami introduced the discussion saying, “International movement building in the 21st century and involvement of youth in advocacy will be made possible largely through technology.”

Women’s Learning Partnership’s Goal Is to Empower Women, Says President of the Organization

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

VOA News / By Judith Latham
Mahnaz Afkhami, a leading advocate of women’s rights for more than three decades, is founder and president of the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), an international organization that empowers women by developing curricula to train them to become leaders in politics, business, and civil society. WLP has conducted leadership-training workshops in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, and Brazil. The basic curriculum has been adapted to 17 languages.

Mauritania Moves Toward Political Empowerment of Women

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

IRIN News Africa
In 2006 Mauritania instituted a 20 percent minimum quota of women elected to political office. Ms. Afkhami feels that quotas are a good starting point, but not the end-goal. Leadership training and a breaking down of cultural stigmas are also necessary.

Introduction to the Brazil Training of Trainers Institute

Monday, January 28, 2008

Women’s Learning Partnership
Women’s Learning Partnership president Mahnaz Afkhami welcomes participants to the final session of the national institute for women’s leadership and training of trainers held in Brazil in 2008.

What Does Power Look Like?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

International Museum of Women “Women, Politics and Power” Exhibit / By Masum Momaya / Listen
Ms. Afkhami speaks about the women’s movement in Iran, fundamentalisms, international movement building, and concepts of leadership.

Women Suffer For Equality In Iran

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

VOA News
Iranian law institutionalizes discrimination against women in a variety of ways. To change these laws, a petition campaign was started in 2006. Mahnaz Afkhami praises it as “an educational process as well as a demand for change and for reform.” The response of the Iranian government has been harsh on the women’s rights activists.

ایالات متحده آمريکا در کنار زنان ایران ایستاده است

Sunday, September 9, 2007

مهناز افخمی، رئیس سازمان بین المللی غیر انتفاعی آموزش و همکاری زنان، کمپین جمع آوری امضا در ایران را یک روند آموزشی و نیز درخواستی برای تغییر و اصلاح می نامد و تحسین می کند:

Iran: One Million Signatures to End Discrimination

Monday, July 23, 2007

Voices Unabridged / By Abigail Somma
These days, when most people talk about Iran, the focus is on its nuclear program. But for a group of determined Iranian women, there’s a more pressing issue at hand. Since June 2006, human rights activists have been campaigning tirelessly for something that continues to elude Iranian women: equal rights.

Women’s Movement in Iran

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Voices Unabridged
Since June 2006, human rights activists have been campaigning tirelessly to collect a million signatures demanding the Iranian government change laws that discriminate against women. The campaign began as an organic movement of women activists taking to the streets and approaching strangers with information and a petition. “They go almost door to door and wherever women are gathered,” says Mahnaz Afkhami.

Human Rights: Against All Odds

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Margeret Hall
The film addresses the thin line between promoting human development and women’s development. Those places where women are least empowered often are undergoing simultaneous problems such as sustained violence and economic underdevelopment. In presenting women’s rights to the community in such cases it is helpful to couple women’s development with other civil-society improvement measures.

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