Remarks by Mahnaz Afkhami on behalf of the women and girls in Iran for the 2023 Atlantic Council Distinguished Leaders Award

On May 11, 2023, the Atlantic Council honored the courage of Iranian women and girls at the 2023 Distinguished Leadership Awards. A delegation of Iranian activists and scholars accepted the award on behalf of the women and girls in Iran. Actress and activist Nazanin Nour read the acceptance remarks written by WLP Founder and President,…

Flashpoint Iran (Voice of America News)

Author : Michael Lipin, VOA News

In this interview with Michael Lipin, VOA News, Mahnaz Afkhami discusses how the memory of the women’s rights movement of Iran in the 1970s inspires the protests today. Afkhami also speaks about her time as the first minister for Women’s Affairs of Iran and her current work at the Women’s Learning Partnership. The conversation focuses…

Iran's former women's minister on 'first global revolution shaped by women'

Author : Christiane Amanpour, CNN

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN, Mahnaz Afkhami reflects on current events in Iran in comparison to the progress made when she was the Minister for Women’s Affairs of Iran. Afkhami speaks in depth about the women’s movement in Iran since the turn of the 19th century, her time as a cabinet member…

Contextualizing the Iranian Protests

Author : Ellen Chesler, Ralph Bunche Institute

Western sanctions have slowed Iran’s economy, causing protests against the absence of freedom and opportunities — teachers their lack of pay; farmers their lack of water; retirees their fear of economic insecurity.  But at the heart of this powerful new movement has been Iran’s women, whose frustration with Iran’s misogynist theocracy had been mounting for…

Book Report

Author : Caralee Adams, Bethesda Magazine

In this brief book report, Caralee Adams of Bethesda Magazine discusses Mahnaz Afkhami’s memoir The Other Side of Silence: A Memoir of Exile, Iran, and the Global Women’s Movement. Adams also shares a brief background on Afkhami.

Iranian Women’s Revolution

Author : H. Andrew Schwartz, The Truth of the Matter

In an interview with H. Andrew Schwartz, from The Truth of the Matter podcast hosted by Center for Strategic & International Studies, Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the current protests happening in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini. Afkhami explains her views on the protests and what they may mean for Iran in the future.