Afkhami’s lecture “Eliminating Violence Against Women, a Discussion with Mahnaz Afkhami” kicked off the 2013/2014 Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) Seminar Series.
International Museum of Women / By Clare Winterton / Listen
Mahnaz Afkhami spoke with I.M.O.W. Executive Director Clare Winterton as part of the Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change Speaker Series. Together they covered a variety of subjects, including the WLP partnership goal of changing the architecture of human relations, and Mahnaz’s hand in helping to create a new generation of powerful women in the Muslim World.
“To play their role properly, women everywhere must become far more involved in the affairs of their respective societies. Women must become empowered.” Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women Please follow and like us:
“We must change the meaning of success by turning hierarchical relations into communicative relations – leadership by command into leadership by sharing and consensus.” – Rights of Passage Please follow and like us:
“Once we accept the possibility that we can learn and decide together, we will be on our way to a significantly different and more productive interrelationship creating a far better future.” – Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women Please follow and like us:
VOA News / By Judith Latham
Mahnaz Afkhami, a leading advocate of women’s rights for more than three decades, is founder and president of the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), an international organization that empowers women by developing curricula to train them to become leaders in politics, business, and civil society. WLP has conducted leadership-training workshops in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, and Brazil. The basic curriculum has been adapted to 17 languages.
IRIN News Africa
In 2006 Mauritania instituted a 20 percent minimum quota of women elected to political office. Ms. Afkhami feels that quotas are a good starting point, but not the end-goal. Leadership training and a breaking down of cultural stigmas are also necessary.
Women’s Learning Partnership
Women’s Learning Partnership president Mahnaz Afkhami welcomes participants to the final session of the national institute for women’s leadership and training of trainers held in Brazil in 2008.
World Movement for Democracy
Our greatest problems are the growth of extremism and fundamentalism, which always affects women’s activism, and authoritarian governments that are now both more threatened by current political conditions and also more prone to use these conditions as a reason for tightening their hold on civil society.
Iran Dokht / By Pari Esfandiari
My path has crossed that of many extraordinary women in Iran, in the Middle East region, as well as around the world. I hope to be sharing the experience of being part of the women’s movement at the local and global level for over thirty years and reflect [in my memoirs] upon the way women learn from each other and work together and the challenges and opportunities they face in the troubled times in which we live.