On March 31, Women’s Foreign Policy Group’s “Beyond the Headlines” series featured Mahnaz Afkhami speaking on the highlights of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women where representatives of UN member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs met at UN headquarters in New York. This year’s discussion focused on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.
Three years ago jubilant crowds in Tahrir Square in Cairo after Egypt’s dictator Mubarak, forced from power. But the women who called for democracy and equality soon witnessed a setback for the fight. Today, violence and sexual harassment against women to be a big problem in Egypt. Håkan Widman reports about WLP’s movie “Because of Our Cause is Just” and speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami.
Mahnaz Afkhami, a World NGO Day Goodwill Ambassador speaks at the World NGO Day Forum in Helsinki, Finland on universal education and NGOs and private enterprise, and also will present the keynote speech on society empowerment via gender equality.
Mahnaz Afkhami and other experts speak on the revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as “The Arab Spring,” (which) promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women’s rights, the promise in many cases has not been realized.
We know our cause is just. We are committed. We are inspired. We will fight. And we will get our rights.
Bennoune lays out a critique of Muslim fundamentalism, not from a crude “war on terror” viewpoint, but from a human rights perspective…A dilemma for women is whether to challenge the fundamentalists on religious terms. Opinion is divided. Afkhami (says) “…If you’re a woman, the guy who is the general in the religious army is not even going to pay the slightest attention to what your view of the text is.”
“Over the past several decades… We’ve come a long way. And there’s still a long way to go. But with the tools and strategies that we have created together – one woman at a time, one organization at a time – we’re getting there. We know our cause is just. We are committed. We are […]
“Movement building is extremely important…We still haven’t figured out our relationship with religion as women activists,” said Afkhami. “We still have a divide between those who consider themselves deep believers and those who consider themselves activists [for women’s rights], as if you have to choose between your faith and your activism.”
Featuring key discussions from the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 28–30, 2013, watch filmmaker Jenny Montasir’s 4 minute shows us how the work…in spite of the challenges is continuing. “Girls’ and women’s rights are systematically violated,” says Women Deliver, but women are fighting today, especially in Egypt, as much as possible to remove these obstacles. “It’s about human security and human rights,” says Iranian human rights advocate Ms. Mahnaz Afkhami.
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 […]