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

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Reader’s Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Author : Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show Reader's Review

Diane Rehm hosted Mahnaz Afkahmi on her radio show to discuss the book,  Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi, a story of a woman in Egypt who is forced into prostitution and later arrested. Afkhami discusses the novel’s contribution to radical feminism in the region, women’s rights and the patriarchy, and the relevance of the work to women today.


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Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Author : Caryle Murphy, The Majalla

Despite hope and change in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, many remain cautious regarding progress on women’s rights in the region. In an article with political news journal, Al Majalla, Mahnaz Afkhami stresses the importance of movement building and collaboration between women’s rights activists at the grassroots level. 


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Radio Pooya Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian)

Author : Shahrnush Parsipur, Radio Pooya

At this interview conducted by Iranian novelist Shahrnush Parsipur, Mahnaz Afkhami recounts her life story, starting from the time she taught English literature at the National University of Iran, trying to “help create a cohesive community of female students who could face the modern world” to the time when she set up Women’s Learning Partnership in the U.S. which cooperates with 20 partners in 20 countries, “teaching women how to gain independence, manage their lives and become leaders in their communities.” 


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VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women’s Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami

Author : Voice of America

The half hour video produced by VOA provides the historical context for the women’s movement in Iran, focusing on the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami. The biopic covers her ten-year tenure as the Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran and her three years in the Iranian cabinet as the first Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa Region, examining the achievements of women during this period while presenting a portrait of Afkhami as wife, sister, mother, and grandmother.


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Iranian New Year 2013: Celebrate These Persian Women Who Have Fought For Equality

Author : Lily Bolourian, Policy Mic

In honor of the Iranian New Year, Mic celebrates Mahnaz Afkhami and other Persian women who have fought for equality.


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The Cyrus Cylinder Exhibit: A VOA Documentary

Author : Voice of America (Persian)

The VOA documentary on the occasion of the exhibition of The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer/Sackler Gallery of Art features Mahnaz Afkhami, along with other scholars, who weigh in on the importance of this exhibition, especially during the existing tension between Iran and the U.S. Afkhami notes that the Cyrus Cylinder “raises awareness about Iran’s glorious history and the fact that the first document in the world which addresses human rights belongs to an Iranian ruler.”


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At the UN, Twenty Years of Backlash to ‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’

Author : Barbara Crossette, The Nation

Since the seminal Cairo Conference in 1994, anti-feminist actors have pushed back against progress made in women’s rights on the global stage. In The Nation, Mahnaz Afkhami provides insights into the rise of fundamentalist, conservative, and populist movements that are fueling this backlash, and illuminates the role of American wars in the Middle East in perpetuating these trends. 


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Are Women Leaders Less Corrupt, No But They Shake Things Up

Author : Stella Dawson, TrustLaw

In an article on women’s participation in politics, Mahnaz Afkhami discusses her experience as Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran. “‘There is a direct relationship between the level of democracy and the presentation of women in leadership and the quality of governance,’ said Afkhami.”


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The Word on Women: MENA region tops agenda at AWID global women’s rights forum

Author : Lisa Anderson, TrustLaw

The 12th International Forum of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development took place in Istanbul in October, 2012, where Mahnaz Afkhami spoke on conservative religion, political regimes, and women’s rights  in the MENA region.


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The Word on Women-Cultural Barriers to Women as Peace Builders

Author : Amy S. Choi, TrustLaw

At a conference entitled “Breaking Barriers: What will it take to achieve security, justice, and peace,” Manhaz Afkhami highlighted the threat of fundamentalism to human rights, peace, and women’s rights.  “The characteristics of fundamentalism – fear of rapid change, modernity, an individual’s place in society, science, evolution, and all of the ramifications of those new discoveries and new sets of ideas, are everywhere.”


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