Feminist Advocacy, Family Law and Violence Against Women: Introduction

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Routledge

Early in my tenure as Secretary General at the Women’s Organization of Iran (WOI), I traveled with a small group of women to some forty towns and villages around Iran. We wanted to find out what would be most useful to the women themselves. What were their priorities? What were their most important challenges and…

Women’s Learning Partnership’s Project on Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-Based Violence

Author : Ann Elizabeth Mayer and Mahnaz Afkhami, Faculty Scholarship at University of Pennsylvania Law

An international network of 20 autonomous nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) based primarily in transitioning and fragile states, Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) is dedicated to enhancing universal human rights and gender equality, strengthening civil society, and empowering women to be active citizens and actors of change in their societies. Our mission is…

A Night to Celebrate Courageous Refugees and Migrants

A Night to Celebrate Courageous Refugees and Migrants

Author : Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

There are those who have gone above and beyond in their service to refugees and migrants. The Walk of Courage Award Gala is an opportunity to celebrate those dedicated individuals. We come together to recognize Mahnaz Afkhami and the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Senft for their commitment to walking alongside and raising the voices of migrants…

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

Author : Voice of America

(In Persian and English subtitles) The half hour video produced by VOA provides the historical context for the women’s movement in Iran from its early beginnings just before the constitutional revolution of 1906 through the efforts at networking and organizing to promote girls education in the 1930’s, women’s political rights in the 1950s and 60s,…

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

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

Author : Hooman Askary, Arseh Sevom

Hooman Askary reports on his discussion with the former minister of women’s affairs in pre-revolution Iran, Mahnaz Afkhami. She links the century long struggle of Iranian women for equal protection under the law to the demonstrations that emerged in 2009 after the flawed presidential elections in Iran. Afkhami states, “The green movement in Iran is…

CNN's Amanpour: Panel Discussion with Activists on Women's Rights in the Middle East

Author : Christiane Amanpour, CNN

Christiane Amapour (CNN Anchor): Tonight, what do the film “The Hurt Locker,” women, and the Iraqi election have in common? Good evening, everyone. I’m Christiane Amanpour, and welcome to the program. It’s International Women’s Day and a big day for women across the globe. The first to ever win an Oscar for best director is Kathryn…

Iraqi activist: Women's Rights Must Be Focus for New Parliament

Iraqi activist: Women's Rights Must Be Focus for New Parliament

Author : Tom Evans, CNN

Even as votes are counted in Iraq’s general election, a leading human rights activist in Baghdad said Monday that she is counting on the new parliament to defend and develop women’s rights. Basma al-Khateeb, of the Iraqi Women’s Network, said it was vital for Iraqi legislators of both genders to defend the Iraqi “Law of…