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…

Security Council Revisits Resolution on Women, Peace and Security

Author : Bissera Kostova and Sandra Guy, United Nations Radio

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. As every year since 2000, when it adopted its historic resolution 1325, calling for women’s participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict recovery, the UN Security Council once again revisited this issue in October. As Ines Alberdi, the head of UNIFEM…

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Author : Caryle Murphy, The Majalla

CAIRO, EGYPT – JULY 04: An Egyptian woman celebrates in Tahrir Square, the day after former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, was ousted from power on July 4, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images) The rights of women across the Middle East have become major casualties of…

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 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…

Mahnaz Afkhami: Minister for Women's Affairs Wanted in Iran

Author : Inger Nordahl, Nerikes Allehanda

What hides behind gender-based violence is often a patriarchal society, where the struggle for equality can seem impossible. As an Iranian, Mahnaz Afkhami understands this. In the 1970s she was named one of the world’s first-ever ministers of women’s affairs. She succeeded in changing the conditions for Iranian women, including investments in child care and…