EPOCA Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains

EPOCA Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami on How the Struggle for More Rights in Iran Has Yielded Gains

Author : Renato Machado, EPOCA

(Original article in Portuguese) In Iran, women are still fighting for the right to see a game of volleyball. In an interview with EPOCA (TIME), Iranian ex-minister in exile explains how the struggle for more rights in the country earned achievements over the years. Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was arrested after trying to watch a volleyball…

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It

Last Female Minister: Khomeini Introduced the Sexual Apartheid, but Iranian Women Are Successfully Fighting Against It

Author : Petra Sjaus

(In English and Croatian) Mahnaz Afkhami is the founder and president of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP). She is also the executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and former minister of Women’s Affairs of Iran from 1977 to 1979; she was also the last woman in Iran at the ministerial function. She founded the…

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,…

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…

Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art

Author : Jennie Rothenberg Gritz and Massoud Hayoun, The Atlantic

A Smithsonian exhibition of ancient Iranian objects offers a different perspective on the country than Westerners normally see. Americans are bombarded with media coverage of the three-decade-old Islamic Republic and its nuclear aspirations. But there’s more to Iran than Ahmdainejad, as can be seen in the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries’ new project, Feast Your…

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

Author : Maryam Ghanbarzadeh, BBC Persian

An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of Women Affairs in Pahlavi-era Iran Women’s organizations in Iran were commonplace in the period before the Islamic Revolution and largely run by women volunteers who served in the early fifties [text continues in Persian]…. سازمان زنان ایران به عنوان یک سازمان مردمی در دوره پیش از انقلاب اسلامی…

Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, The Second Woman Minister in the History of Iran (In Persian)

Author : Enayat Fani, BBC Persian Handbook

BBC Persian Hardtalk Afkhami looks back on the complex issues of advancing women’s rights in Iran: from her time working as Minister for Women’s Affairs in pre revolutionary Iran, and using economic development goals as a way of advancing the status of women and promoting reform of family law. BBC Persian Hardtalk Interview Mahnaz Afkhami

Freedom Leads to Empowerment: Promoting Women's Leadership and Financial Independence

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Women’s empowerment is a process. It involves raising consciousness, building skills and reforming unjust laws that limit women’s education, participation in decision making and economic independence. I.M.O.W. Global Council member Mahnaz Afkhami is president of Women’s Learning Partnership, which strives to empower women by practicing and promoting their leadership and self-sufficiency. The United Nation’s International…