An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian)

Author : Tavaana (E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society)

Many women in Iran were not informed about their rights at the time of the 1979 Revolution, says Mahnaz Afkhami in an interview carried out by Tavaana. “In terms of women’s rights, Iran was one of the best among the developing countries – definitely much better than the rest of the region, and even comparable…

EPOCA Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains

EPOCA Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains

Author : Renato Machado, EPOCA

In an interview with Brazilian magazine, EPOCA, Mahnaz Afkhami speaks about Ghoncheh Ghavami in Tehran, who was arrested for trying to watch a volleyball game as a woman. The interview addresses Afkhami’s prominent role as a women’s rights activist living in exile.  “In the episode of the game of volleyball, Afkhami believes the incessant media…

Mahnaz Afkhami on Women in Iran

Author : Voice of America (Persian)

Kambiz Hosseini (known as Iran’s Jon Stewart) interviews Mahnaz Afkhami about women’s issues before and after the 1979 Revolution in Voice of America’s Poletik (episode 57). Afkhami points out that women’s awareness was raised after the revolution; however, what they lost was tremendous: “Iran used to be the center of women’s activities on a global scale…

WFPG Series "Beyond the Headlines," Highlights of the 2014 Meeting on Commission on the Status of Women

Author : Women's Foreign Policy Group

The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held in New York in March, 2014. Mahnaz Afkhami gave an overview of the conference to the Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG), touching on key issues including pushback against the Beijing Declaration, women’s role in peacebuilding, and violence against women.

Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Author : Hakan Widmans, Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon

Swedish Radio P-1 hosted a panel discussion on women’s rights after the Arab Spring. The panel consisted of Mahnaz Afkhami alongside Eva Zillen (Woman to Woman), Asma Khader (member of Jordanian Parliament and CEO of Solidarity is Global Institute/Jordan), and Catherine Harrington (producer of the WLP documentary “Because Our Cause is Just”).

"Unveiling" the First Step in the Liberation and Empowerment of Women in Iran (In Persian)

"Unveiling" the First Step in the Liberation and Empowerment of Women in Iran (In Persian)

Author : Kayhan London

Penned by Mahnaz Afkhami, this article concentrates on Reza Shah Pahlavi’s January 1936 decree on banning women from wearing veils. In her opinion, Reza Shah’s “courageous” decision was “a fundamental step in building a developed and civilized society based on freedom and equality of human beings.” It is no wonder that Rouhollah Khomeini considered unveiling…