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 exhibition of Cyrus Cylinder at the Freer/Sackler museum and several other US museums sparked numerous conferences and seminars featuring the image of Cyrus in the Bible as well as the works of the ancient Greek historians as the first ruler to uphold freedom of religion and to support diversity, as well as safeguarding post conflict refugees. The Cylinder, a copy of which is displayed at the United Nations, represents the first document on human rights. Afkhami and others comment on the Cylinder's contributions to human beliefs and customs.
Featuring key discussions from the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 28–30, 2013, watch filmmaker Jenny Montasir's 4 minute shows us how the work...in spite of the challenges is continuing. “Girls’ and women’s rights are systematically violated,” says Women Deliver, but women are fighting today, especially in Egypt, as much as possible to remove these obstacles. “It’s about human security and human rights,” says Iranian human rights advocate Ms. Mahnaz Afkhami.
Mahnaz Afkhami spoke on several panels at the Women Deliver 2013 Conference. Women Deliver is the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. Thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets. Strategising […]
Mahnaz Afkhami noted that women have largely been left out of the post-demonstration process despite playing a large role in the protests. She drew on lessons garnered from the Iranian Revolution in 1979 by noting that rhetoric of new leaders can quickly change, and that Arab societies must be prepared for such actions.
“Religious zeal makes democracy problematic because it turns every attempt at understand and compromise – the hallmarks of democracy – into an evidentiary test of religious righteousness.” – Rights of Passage
“Tuned to the law, Muslim societies are historically and structurally receptive to democracy’s motto of ‘government of law not of men’ “. – Faith and Freedom
Washington TV / By Amir Irani-Tehrani
In The Berlin Journal (Number 18 Fall 2009)
It is not Islam that holds women back; it is the road of patriarchy Muslim nations have taken.
To The Point KCRW Los Angeles / By Warren Olney / Listen
Muslim countries traditionally offer few leading roles for women. Does the selection of the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize change the equation? Can democracy be realized in Muslim nations if women there do not have equal rights? We get views from Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, an associate professor of political science, specialized on the issues of Islam and democracy, the founder and president of Women-s Learning Partnership, the director of an Islamic Center and a former U.S diplomat.