Afkhami writes in Beyond Equality: A Manual for Human Rights Defenders "Women are now in a position to consider that our demands should evolve along with our evolving consciousness and the growing awareness around the world that women’s rights are human rights. We are now ready to accept full responsibility as citizens of the world to think about a new vision for all citizens of that world – men and women. We will not forget the oppressions and continuing abuses suffered by many women across the world. But we realize that an equal share of the ruling 50 percent is not enough for us. We want to think about “The World We Seek.”
Mahnaz Afkhami was honored with the Walk of Courage Award from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) on October 28, 2015 at the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
On September 14, 2015, Mahnaz Afkhami gave opening remarks at Women's Learning Partnership's conference "The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security" at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.
Beyond Equality: A Manual for Human Rights Defenders 2015/Women’s Learning Partnership Mahnaz Afkhami & Ann Eisenberg Published in English; available online at www.learningpartnership.org/beyond-equality-manual-human-rights-defenders A quick review of recent news headlines reveals the world’s growing detachment from finding solutions to human rights issues and, increasingly, shows that states are using human rights as a political bludgeon […]
On March 8, 2015, Mahnaz Afkhami was a featured speaker in the Opening Ceremony at the NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day event "Celebrate the Feminist and Women's Movements 1975-2015."
In Iran, women are still fighting for the right to see a game of volleyball. In an interview with Brazilian online magazine EPOCA (TIME), Iranian ex-minister in exile explains how the struggle for more rights in the country earned achievements over the years. In the episode of the game of volleyball (and Ghoncheh Ghavami), Afkhami believes the incessant media coverage may in some way, open the eyes of the regime. “We hope that the weight of condemnation from the international community to do with the Islamic Republic to reconsider their disregard for human rights, especially the rights of women."
Mahnaz Afkhami speaks with Kambiz Hosseini (hailed as Iran's Jon Stewart) about women’s political participation in Iran.
On September 11, Mahnaz Afkhami spoke at the Women and Girls Rising: Historical Reflections & Future Prospects Conference on the panel "How Global Conferences Have Mattered to Realizing Women's Human Rights" The conference was organized around conversations between at least two speakers, pairing activists with scholars, women and men of the Global South with those of the North, and pioneers of the past with their activist counterparts today. Women and Girls Rising intends to ground today’s policy solutions in the history of visionaries who first recognized that women’s rights are fundamental human rights, and human rights are the right of every woman.
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.
Mahnaz Afkhami, a World NGO Day Goodwill Ambassador speaks at the World NGO Day Forum in Helsinki, Finland on universal education and NGOs and private enterprise, and also will present the keynote speech on society empowerment via gender equality.