World NGO Day Forum February 27 & 28, 2014

World NGO Day Forum February 27 & 28, 2014

World NGO Day Forum View full program Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami Mahnaz Afkhami, a World NGO Day Goodwill Ambassador, speaks at the World NGO Day Forum February 27 and 28 in Helsinki, Finland. WLP World NGO Day Goodwill message for 2014: “In today’s world, science and technology offer endless possibilities, but cannot alone meet humankind’s…

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Author : Barbara Crosette, Passblue

(Street protestors in Cairo as part of the Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment movement in February 2013. Egyptian women have the most to lose or gain in the country’s emerging political order. SALLY ZOHNEY) Throughout the media coverage in recent months of the tumultuous events in Egypt, little attention has been paid to Egyptian women, who may…

Egypt’s Women Pushback Against Threats to Human Rights One Year after Morsi

Egypt’s Women Pushback Against Threats to Human Rights One Year after Morsi

Author : Jenny Montasir, WWN Features

(WNN) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: In the past two years much has been said about how Egypt’s popular uprising has affected women. All too often Egyptian women have been portrayed in absolute terms, as victims of a revolution that is in itself still a fluid work in progress. But as the one-year anniversary of Mohamed…

Iranian Women's Voices

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, The Huffington Post

In the flood of news and information that surrounds us every day, we may take for granted the constant ripple of voices around the globe whose struggle to be heard often ends in violence, imprisonment or death. Ironically, it is only the new information age that is allowing many of those voices to be heard…

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…

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…

Iranian Women Campaign To End Discriminatory Laws Against Them

Author : Judith Latham, VOA News

Women are no longer allowed to wear make-up on Iranian television. “It’s illegal and against Shari’a law,” the head of Iranian state television, Ezatollah Zarghami, was quoted in the Iranian media last week. Although the issue of make-up is surely trivial, it does reveal how the Iranian establishment treats a woman’s right to make her…

Obama, Ahmadinejad, and the Women of Iran

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Women's Learning Partnership

This month, for the first time in 30 years, formal negotiations between the United States and Iran took place in a relatively positive atmosphere. As President Obama had promised during his campaign, dialogue took the place of diatribe. This is an important development. Why now and why during the term of the holocaust-denying, US-bashing President…