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.
The United Nations has organized four world conferences on women: Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980, Nairobi in 1985 and Beijing in 1995, with the latter marking a significant turning point for the global agenda. Mahnaz Afkhami, one of the most active and influential contributors to this agenda since the 1975 Mexico Conference, spoke at The Gender and Development Chapter of the 1818 Society about the state of international conventions on women.
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Mahnaz Afkhami and Mehrangiz Kar, lawyer and human rights activist, speak with BBC Persian about women’s political participation in Iran on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of being accorded their right to vote.
It is almost a cliché that getting more women into power is a good way to tackle corruption. Women, the argument goes, are less likely to take bribes or put personal gain before public good. But is it true?
Women have often played leading roles in pushing for change in the Arab and Muslim worlds. But when the dust settles, the gains they think they have made are often elusive. For their thoughts on why that is and whether things may be different this time … we were joined by three women who have spent decades trying to improve the position of women in their societies.
Before the Iranian revolution, Mahnaz Afkhami was Iran’s Minister for Women’s Affairs….
What is political participation? What is politics? Why are politics and participation important to women? Why have women everywhere, especially in developing countries, been denied equal opportunity in politics, as in almost all other fields, even when they have not been denied equal rights? What rewards are there for women if they become politically effective? How can women become politically effective?
A Political Participation Handbook for Women
2010 / Women’s Learning Partnership / Bethesda, MD
Mahnaz Afkhami & Ann Eisenberg
In consultation with: Lina Abou Habib, Asma Khader, Sindi Medar-Gould, and Jacqueline Pitanguy
Women’s participation is a critical step towards reshaping economic, political, and social conditions to allow for equality in opportunities and results for both women and men. The Leading to Action handbook was designed empower women to become democratic and participatory leaders. Whether the goal is to be elected to office, support a campaign, encourage women to vote, or secure better legislation for the community, this handbook helps women hone their skills to take the next political step. Scenarios are based on criteria set by WLP partners and give real life examples of successes and challenges women face in the political sphere. The appendices include a glossary of terms, extra sessions, and relevant United Nations conventions that support women’s civil and political rights.
Washington TV / By Amir Irani-Tehrani
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.