Afkhami spoke at an event co-hosted by by the Alliance for Peacebuilding's Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and The National Capital Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women on highlights from the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on March 30, 2016.
The United Nations has organized four world conferences on women: Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980, Nairobi in 1985 and Beijing in 1995, with the latter marking a significant turning point for the global agenda. Mahnaz Afkhami, one of the most active and influential contributors to this agenda since the 1975 Mexico Conference, spoke at The Gender and Development Chapter of the 1818 Society about the state of international conventions on women.
On March 31, Women's Foreign Policy Group's "Beyond the Headlines" series featured Mahnaz Afkhami speaking on the highlights of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women where representatives of UN member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs met at UN headquarters in New York. This year’s discussion focused on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.
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.
"The essential problem in relation to our predicament as women, but also with our world, is the architecture of human relations - a system of social organization that is based on hierarchy. This architecture is all pervasive from the family to the state and it holds across the world. We decided that we cannot “fix” what ails women without attending to what ails the world". Mahnaz Afkhami talks to Deniz Kandiyoti.