Iran's New Crackdown on Women

Author : Dana Goldstein, The Daily Beast

Activists are being exiled, TV newswomen have had their makeup banned, and a propaganda documentary slams feminism. Dana Goldstein on the effort to kill women’s rights once and for all. On December 5 in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, known as a center of art and culture, women’s rights campaigner Hayedeh Tabesh was publicly…

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

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

Author : Lily Bolourian, Policy Mic

Mahnaz Afkhami is featured in Policymic’s Lily Boulourian’s list of female activists from Iran. According to the author “The first day of spring marks the beginning of a new year, or Norooz, in Iran. Here is a round-up of just a few fantastic female activists who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women’s rights…

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…

Shirin Ebadi on Obama and Tehran

Author : R.L.G., The Economist

Over the weekend, I had a chat with Shirin Ebadi (pictured), Iran’s Nobel-prize-winning campaigner for women’s rights and democracy. I’d met her before, but a few things she said this time round surprised me. First and foremost, she thinks that America has been focused far too much on nuclear policy. She wouldn’t say, or even…

Democracy Courage Tribute Acceptance Speech on Behalf of the Iranian Women’s Movement

Democracy Courage Tribute Acceptance Speech on Behalf of the Iranian Women’s Movement

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, World Movement for Democracy

I am proud and honored to accept this award on behalf of the Iranian Women’s Movement. It is a special honor to receive the award from the right honorable Kim Campbell whose life’s work and her personal conduct represent all that I and scores of others around the world aspire to. I am thankful to…