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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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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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Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Author : Jennie Rothenberg Gritz and Massoud Hayoun, The Atlantic

Mahnaz Afkhami was invited to a panel of Iranian-American leaders to discuss a gallery of pre-Islamic ancient-Iranian objects at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.

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Fighting for Women’s Rights: An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami

Author : Hooman Askary, Arseh Sevom

In an interview with Dutch human rights NGO, Arseh Sevom (Third Sphere), Mahnaz Afkhami discusses her work in pre-revolution Iran, women fighting for change in the2009  Iranian Green Movement, and her fight for gender equality in exile.

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In the New Tunisia, Women’s Rights Are in Play

Author : Barbara Crossette, WeNews

While the status of women in Tunisia has historically been the highest in the Arab world, Mahnaz Afkhami emphasizes the need to ensure that women’s rights are upheld in the new government following the Arab Spring.  As stated in this piece in Women’s eNews, Mahnaz Afkhami “knows how tenuous women’s rights can be and how fragile gains in status too often are.”

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Women Could Promote Rights Through Islam

Author : Jessica Rettig, U.S. News and World Report

US News & World Report interviewed Mahnaz Afkhami and Melanne Verveer on Muslim values and women’s rights. While some places in northern Africa have seen gains in women’s rights, Afkhami cautions that progress can be revoked under conservative leadership.

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Mahnaz Afkhami Testifies at U.S. Senate Hearing “Women and the Arab Spring”

Author : U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Mahnaz Afkhami testified at a US Senate Hearing on November 2, 2011, on the subject of women and the Arab Spring. “It is therefore of utmost importance for women’s equality in these countries undergoing radical transformation that the United States give its explicit support for women’s full and  equal participation in national reform processes,” Afkhami stated.

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Challenging the Architecture of Human Relations

Author : Open Democracy

In an interview with openDemocracy, Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the role of transnational women’s networks in promoting women’s rights around the globe.  “We decided to establish a transnational women’s organization that focused on finding ways to dent if not immediately change this “architecture of human relations,” the way people relate to each other, make choices, and implement those choices.”

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Women In Iran: From the Pahlavi era to the Islamic Republic

Author : BBC Persian

This article, penned by Mahnaz Afkhami, addresses the activities of Women’s Organization of Iran before the 1979 Revolution. Afkhami, who was the Secretary General of this non-profit organization, elaborates on its activities in early 1970s. The main focus of those activities – undertaken by women volunteers in 400 branches of this organization nationwide – was on promoting women’s independence and empowering them, especially economically, writes Afkhami. She concludes the article by comparing women’s movements in Iran before and after the 1979 Revolution.

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What Will Uprisings Mean For Women’s Rights In The Arab World?

Author : Michel Martin, Tell Me More NPR

NPR News speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami and Lina Abou-Habib on the role of women in the pro-democracy uprisings of the Arab Spring. Afkhami speaks about democracy-building, family laws, and making space for inclusive civil society.

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