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Mahnaz Afkhami has been featured in the news in print media, social media, and on television and radio.

Preventing Violence Against Women In Muslim Societies

Author : Delinda C. Hanley, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Middle East Institute held a Nov. 18 panel discussion of strategies Muslim women use to prevent, resist and cope with violence. Panelists discussed Sisterhood is Global efforts in the Global South to design and implement programs to eliminate violence against females. Mahnaz Afkhami, president of the Sisterhood is Global Institute and executive director of …


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Women Will Win In February

Author : Radio Free Europe

Ms. Borujerdi, deputy interior minister for women’s affairs, stated that 25 percent of the municipal council seats must go to women, “Aria” reported on 28 December. So far, said Borujerdi, women have registered as candidates in 230 towns. Two days earlier, the establishment and licensing of the Islamic Assembly of Women was announced, according to …


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New Year

Author : Daniel Zwerdling in NPR "All Things Considered"

The spring equinox marks the Persian new year…Daniel visits the home of Gholam and Mahnaz Afkhami to learn about Noh Ruz… which literally means new day. It is neither a religious nor patriotic holiday, but nonetheless, Persians around the world take part in the celebration. NPR “All Things Considered” / By Daniel Zwerdling Listen to …


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Muslim Woman Leads Global Fight For Feminism

Author : Amanda Schindler, The Daily Nebraskan

Lincoln, Neb. — As a young girl, Mahnaz Afkhami never suspected she would leave her home for a far-off land and a foreign culture. But her mother felt differently. The wife of a feudal landlord in Kerman, Iran, Afkhami’s mother dreamed of leaving and of becoming more independent despite women’s strict societal limitations. When Mahnaz …


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Mahnaz Afkhami Interview, Voice of America: Talk to America

Author : Carol Pearson, VOA English Talk to America

Talk to America host Carol Pearson, Mahnaz Afkhami (President of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), and callers from around the world have a wide-ranging discussion on the global status of women in the 50 years since the passing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Among the topics discussed are …


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Panelists Disagree On Value Of Development For Muslim Women

Author : Randa Kayyali, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The contrast between the academic and the activist approaches to development was highlighted well in a panel discussion on “Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation” held at the Middle East Institute on Feb. 3, 1998. Although they are co-editors of a new book, Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation; Implementing the Beijing Platform, …


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Sisterhood Is Global Institute Presents Human Rights Manual at MEI

Author : Janet McMahon, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Middle East Institute hosted Mahnaz Afkhami, executive director of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), and Haleh Vaziri, currently a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies, co-authors of Claiming Our Rights: A Women’s Human Rights Education Manual, for a July 14 discussion of the SIGI publication. To date, the manual …


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Mahnaz Afkhami Interview on Women and Islam, CNN Q&A

Author : CNN

CNN’s Questions and Answers (Q&A) focuses on the status of women in Muslim majority societies, and global movements to achieve social and legal recognition of the rights of women. Topics include egalitarian ideals in the Qur’an, polygamy, divorce, and interpretations of women’s rights throughout Muslim societies.    


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A Manual On Rights Of Women Under Islam

Author : Barbara Crossette, The New York Times

For several years, an informal group of Muslim women from around the world has met to spur discussion among Muslims everywhere about the rights of women. Now, with the shadow of a repressive Islamic regime in Afghanistan hovering over the debate, the group has produced a manual on the rights of women under Islam. Intended …


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Fashioning A Moral Future: Gorbachev Forum Ponders Weaponry, Women and War

Author : Catherine Bowman, The San Francisco Chronicle

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev had a clear message for business executives, scientists and dignitaries at the State of the World Forum yesterday: If the citizens lead, the leaders will follow. Gorbachev’s comments came on the last day of the second annual conference, sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation USA. The meeting covered a broad range …


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