Women’s Human Rights: From Global Declarations to Local Implementation

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Routledge

Introduction Since the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the effect of international conferences, laws, resolutions, and consequent documents on rights on the struggle for women’s human rights at regional, national, and local levels has been a matter of debate and controversy. In my view, they have been and…

1818 Society Bulletin-- Gender and Development

Author : The World Bank 1818 Society

The 1818 Society – an organization of former World Bank Group employees – hosted Mahnaz Afkhami as a guest speaker to discuss the progress of international conventions on the status of women.  “Looking ahead, the overall challenge is to reconstruct our 21st century society. Dr. Afkhami’s vision is that this can be achieved with both…

An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian)

Author : Tavaana (E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society)

Many women in Iran were not informed about their rights at the time of the 1979 Revolution, says Mahnaz Afkhami in an interview carried out by Tavaana. “In terms of women’s rights, Iran was one of the best among the developing countries – definitely much better than the rest of the region, and even comparable…

WFPG Series "Beyond the Headlines," Highlights of the 2014 Meeting on Commission on the Status of Women

Author : Women's Foreign Policy Group

The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held in New York in March, 2014. Mahnaz Afkhami gave an overview of the conference to the Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG), touching on key issues including pushback against the Beijing Declaration, women’s role in peacebuilding, and violence against women.

Vibrant Networking Keeps the Door Open for Arab Women

Author : Barbara Crosette, Passblue

Women in Egypt played an instrumental role in the political uprising and fight for democracy during the Arab Spring. This article highlights the influence and solidarity of women’s networks across the region.  “Mahnaz Afkhami, the Iranian-American founder and president of the Women’s Learning Partnership, has a network of contacts in Egypt now following constitutional developments…

Radio Pooya Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian)

Author : Shahrnush Parsipur, Radio Pooya

At this interview conducted by Iranian novelist Shahrnush Parsipur, Mahnaz Afkhami recounts her life story, starting from the time she taught English literature at the National University of Iran, trying to “help create a cohesive community of female students who could face the modern world” to the time when she set up Women’s Learning Partnership…

The Cyrus Cylinder Exhibit: A VOA Documentary

The Cyrus Cylinder Exhibit: A VOA Documentary

Author : Voice of America (Persian)

The VOA documentary on the occasion of the exhibition of The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer/Sackler Gallery of Art features Mahnaz Afkhami, along with other scholars, who weigh in on the importance of this exhibition, especially during the existing tension between Iran and the U.S. Afkhami notes that the…