During the 2012 IAW Leadership Conference hosted by the Iranian-American Women’s Foundation alongside the World Bank’s Persian Gender Network, and the IMF Iranian Staff Club, Mahnaz Afkhami addressed the importance of remembering and learning from predecessors and mentors as a speaker on the ‘Women’s Development & Empowerment’ panel. She stressed that the younger generation of attendees must “deeply respect every person you work with,” despite potential differences of opinion. The healthy exchange of opinions will only lead to a greater understanding of the issue at hand.
Several hundred women gathered on June 23 on the campus of Georgetown University for the first-ever Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference held on the East coast. The Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAW) co-hosted the event along with the World Bank’s Persian Gender Network and the IMF Iranian Staff Club.
PBS “Destination America”
Sisters Mahnaz and Farah became independent women in America. Both later returned to Iran as adults, where they would be torn apart by Iranian politics during the reign of the shah. Mahnaz became a minister in the shah’s government and advocated for women’s rights, while Farah and her husband joined the cause of the revolution. Ultimately, Mahnaz and Farah both had to flee Iran in fear for their lives.
Ferdows Naficy and her two daughters, Mahnaz and Farah became independent women in America. The PBS program “Destination America” features their story in the episode “Mahnaz Afkhami and Farah Ebrahimi: Iran.”