Events

Events

Mahnaz Afkhami is frequently engaged as a speaker on a range of topics, including human rights, participatory leadership, women and peace, women’s political participation, the global women’s movements, and the fight for women’s rights in Iran.

Consultation Day: Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59)

Location: 777 United Nations Plaza, 1st Floor, New York, New York 10017  Description: For the 30,000 non-governmental representatives attending the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, as well as for the many who could not, the meeting was a glorious achievement. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) was the “can do” result of advocates for women’s rights from around the world who came together to network and lobby governments to develop a framework of comprehensive commitments promising to change the lives of women and girls everywhere. As we revisit the commitments of the past during this CSW, let us begin to forge a renewed commitment to the future. As “all issues are women’s issues”, let us reach out to mobilize the many and diverse voices of all women and girls, of men and boys, and of all engaged in social justice movements to together create transformative change …


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Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World

Time: 3-4 pm Location: Wilson Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20004  Description: The Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center will host the event “Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World.” The event will be moderated by Foreign Policy Correspondent Indira Lakshmanan. Opening remarks will be made by Gwen Young, Director of the Women in Public Service Project. The panelists will include Mahnaz Afkhami, founder and President of the Women’s Learning Partnership; Ellen Chesler, Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and co-editor of the anthology Women and Girl Rising: Progress and resistance around the world; and Shad Begum, Reagan-Fascell Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy and the founding director of the Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation. Copies of Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World will be available.  An event write-up can be found here. 


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International Conventions on Women– Successes or Failure?

Location: The World Bank, Washington DC 20433  Description: What have been the successes and failures of United Nations Global Conferences over the past forty years? How has the debate and focus changed over time? What can be learnt from the past for the implementation of the SDGs? The Gender and Development Chapter of the 1818 Society is pleased to invite you to a session with Mahnaz Afkhami, one of the most active and influential contributors to this agenda since the 1975 Mexico Conference.  Ms. Afkhami is a former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran, and the Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), a network of 20 autonomous and independent organizations in the Global South. The title of Mahnaz Afkhami’s presentation will be International Conventions on Women– Successes or Failures? 


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Lifetime Achievement Award Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Location: Metropolitan Club in New York City  Description: Mahnaz Afkhami will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans’ Annual Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Gala will celebrate the PAAIA’s accomplishments over the past year, as well as honor three distinguished Iranian Americans: Mahnaz Afkhami, Fereydoun Nazem, and Cyrus Amir-Mokri. Awardee Fereydoun Nazem will be presented with the Philanthropist of the Year award, and Cyrus Amir-Mokri will be bestowed with the Career Achievement Award.  A write-up of the event is available here. 


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The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security

Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm  Location: Kenney Auditorium (Johns Hopkins SAIS), 1740 Massachusetts Ave Washington, DC 20036  Description: The Women’s Learning Partnership and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies will present a day-long event examining and re-imagining the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the foundation for global security and sustainable development, using conversation, poetry, film, and music. International experts and young activists will reignite and reorient dialogue on the place of human rights in policy-making, and underscore the integral role of women’s advancement in sustaining human rights. The program will feature proven models for alleviating poverty, improving health and sanitation, and countering violent extremism, as well as the Washington D.C. premiere of the WLP documentary film:  Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey.  Mahnaz Afkhami, President and CEO of WLP, and Vali Nasr, Dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will present opening …


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World NGO Day Forum February 27 & 28, 2014

World NGO Day Forum View full program Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami Mahnaz Afkhami, a World NGO Day Goodwill Ambassador, speaks at the World NGO Day Forum February 27 and 28 in Helsinki, Finland. WLP World NGO Day Goodwill message for 2014: “In today’s world, science and technology offer endless possibilities, but cannot alone meet humankind’s most pressing challenges. Governments are supposed to serve the people, but may or may not act according to the people’s will. NGOs, however, empower people to demand respect for individual rights, equality, democracy, development, and peace. The strength and solidarity of NGOs across the world will lead to a better future for all.”


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