Mahnaz Afkhami spoke on several panels at the Women Deliver 2013 Conference. Women Deliver is the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. Thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets. Strategising [...]
Grassroots educational endeavors must help communities fully grasp the extent of violence and the short- and long-term harm done not only to victims but also to the society at large.
Victories Over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls
A Practitioner's Manual
2012/Women's Learning Partnership
Mahnaz Afkhami & Haleh Vaziri
Victories over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls is a practitioners' manual, comprised of 16 sessions. Case studies in each session are drawn from actual events and feature stories set in societies as diverse as Haiti, Malaysia, Nepal, and the United States.
“When I was conceptualizing (WLP's first) leadership manual many years ago we thought once the English prototype was tested in various settings, each country would choose local narratives to replace the international ones,” Afkhami said. “Much to our surprise, everyone wanted to keep most of the scenarios from other places because of just that fact. They all wanted to engage in specific problem-solving with an understanding of the similarities in the condition of women across cultures.”
New School for Social Research / By Mahnaz Afkhami
Mahnaz Afkhami delivers the opening remarks during a one-day conference in cooperation with the Social Research Journal, entitled "2020 Vision: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence Against Women." The conference keynote speakers were Shirin Ebadi, Thoraya Obaid, Mary Robinson, and Melanne Verveer.
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty/ By Robert McMahon
Delegates at the United Nations have begun a review of the efforts to improve women’s rights 10 years after a Beijing conference set out goals for achieving global equality for women. Women’s Learning Partnership organized a symposium focusing on violence against women. The organization’s president, Mahnaz Afkhami, tells RFE/RL of progress in women’s skill-building and educational possibilities as well as persistent problems, including the resurgence of extremism that has been using religion and culture in order to change the balance of power even further in favor of men.
The New York Times / By Michael Janofsky
She was much like any other young immigrant from a faraway country, eager to absorb American culture and make a new life for herself. But over several hours one night 18 months ago, Muna Hawatmeh said she found that her closest relatives were not so willing to abandon the ways of old.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Delinda C. Hanley
The Middle East Institute held a Nov. 18 panel discussion of strategies Muslim women use to prevent, resist and cope with violence. Panelists discussed Sisterhood is Global efforts in the Global South to design and implement programs to eliminate violence against females. Mahnaz Afkhami, president of the Sisterhood is Global Institute and executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies, began the discussion by saying, “Violence against women in Muslim society was always dealt with by the family in private.” In recent years, however, violence against women throughout the world has become a human rights issue, not merely a family issue.
Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies
1998 / Sisterhood Is Global Institute / Bethesda, MD
Co-authored; Published in Arabic, English, French, and Persian
Safe and Secure is a training manual to assist women in Muslim societies to identify sources of violence in the family, community, society and state, to communicate this information, and to influence governments...
In From Basic Needs to Basic Rights / The Institute for Women, Law, and Development
The point of women’s struggle for rights is cultural change, that is, changing attitudes, behaviors, and laws that have a negative impact on women’s human rights. Such a struggle would be meaningless if women did not agree that there are rights beyond those prescribed by the traditional culture and that these rights are nevertheless valid everywhere.