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Tag Archive | "Iran Women’s Movement"

Mahnaz Afkhami Speaks at Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mahnaz Afkhami will speak about the Iranian women's movement and the global women's movement at the event "Election 2016 and the Global Women's Movement" hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs on November 1, 2016.

Mahnaz Afkhami Speaks at The Wilson Center on Global Women’s Movement and Policy Implications

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Afkhami spoke at a book event hosted by the Women in Public Service Project at The Wilson Center on February 24, 2015 on the anthology Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World. She authored the chapter entitled "Women’s Human Rights in Iran: From Global Declarations to Local Implementation".

VOA Persian Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on Marzieh Afkham (In Persian)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mahnaz Afkhami was interviewed by Gity Arian of Voice of America Persian on November 9, 2015 to speak about Marzieh Afkhami, the first female ambassador to be appointed in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Mahnaz Afkhami Receives LIRS Walk of Courage Award

Monday, October 19, 2015

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.

Women’s Organization of Iran

Monday, July 27, 2015

“In our approach to the unequal status of women in Iran and the ways we developed our strategies, we went from evidential experience to theory–we did not start with a theoretical assumption and try to fit reality to it. Our only presupposition was that the status of women in our country was unequal and that […]

Tavaana Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mahnaz Afkhami spoke with Tavaana co-Director Mariam Memarsedeghi to speak about her work and women's rights in pre-Revolution Iran.

Essay for Shirin Neshat Exhibit: Open Windows and Fresh Air: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Iran

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Iranian women have learned to resist peacefully when they can, aggressively when forced--but they never give up," writes Afkhami in her new essay "Open Windows and Fresh Air: The Struggle for Women's Rights in Iran" which is included in catalogue for the Shirin Neshat: Facing History exhibit which opened in May 2015 at The Hirshhorn Museum.

EPOC Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains (In English and Portuguese)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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."

Poletik Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on Women in Iran (In Persian)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mahnaz Afkhami speaks with Kambiz Hosseini (hailed as Iran's Jon Stewart) about women’s political participation in Iran.

KayhanLondon.com: “Unveiling” the first step in the liberation and empowerment of women in Iran (in Persian)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Afkhami speaks about the veil in Iran, its relation to Islam, and the diversity of usage in Muslim majority societies.

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

Quotables – Iran Women’s Movement

"Now, when I look back [on the work of the WOI], it seems to me that our main mistake was not that we did not do other things which we should have done. Our main mistake was that we created conditions in which the contradictions related to modernity, progress, equality, and human rights, especially women’s rights, increased and the reaction to our work put perhaps too much pressure on the country’s social fabric." - Fate of the family protection law

"Iran’s One Million Signatures Campaign for the Reform of Discriminatory Laws is an extraordinary phenomenon. It is democratic, nonhierarchical, open, and evolving in a polity that is none of those things." - Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story, Foreword

At the time of her execution, [Ms. Parsay] wrote one of the most moving letters to her children. And in that she expressed the same courage and the same steadfast belief in her principles that she had followed all of her life. And that was that: I’m a doctor. I know what it means to die, that takes only a minute. I’m not afraid of that. What I’m afraid of is to be pressured into denying 50 years of service to women. - Executed But Not Forgotten

“Prostitution was the code word for activism during the early part of the revolution” - I Was Iran's Last Woman Minister