Mahnaz Afkhami has been shortlisted for the 2015 Trust Women Hero Award which celebrates an innovator whose bold thinking and high-impact work has helped women defend and advance their rights.
The Government of Iceland in cooperation with The Council of Women World Leaders hosted a Special Meeting of Women Ministers of Culture in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 29-30 August 2005 on the theme Women’s Voices and Cultural Understanding. Afkhami was in attendance. The meeting was arranged in honour of Iceland’s former President and first Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who celebrated her 75th birthday in April 2005. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir served as President of the Republic of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. She was the first woman in the world to be elected Head of State in a democratic, national election.