Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Afkhami Honored in London Ceremony

Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Afkhami Honored in London Ceremony

Author : Nazanine Nouri, Kayhan Life

Five Iranian women — Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Afkhami, Shadi Sadr, Pooneh Ghoddoosi, and Leila Alikarami — were honored in a ceremony on October 1 at The Royal United Services Institute in London. “Iranian Women’s Leadership” was a joint invitation by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; Nazenin…

PAAIA's 2019 Civic Engagement Forum: An Empowering and Successful First

Author : The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)

On June 8th, PAAIA hosted its inaugural Civic Engagement Forum at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  The event brought together nearly two hundred Iranian Americans from across the country to celebrate the incredible achievements of Iranian American women and empower aspiring leaders to be involved in public service, public advocacy, or…

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…

Highlights from the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

Author : United Nations Association of the National Capital Area

On Wednesday March 30, 2016, the Alliance for Peacebuilding Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, National Capital Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women and UNA-NCA hosted a panel on the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that took place in March 2016 at the United Nations in New York.…

Trespassing With Fatema

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Association for Middle East Women's Studies

Fatema and I began our work together in 1984 as contributors to Robin Morgan’s Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology. She wrote the Morocco chapter and I, Iran’s. We stayed in touch through the Sisterhood Is Global Institute that Robin founded with the seventy writers of the book, but we did not meet…

A Personal Remembrance of Fatema Mernissi

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami, Women's Learning Partnership

Fatema Mernissi, the Moroccan sociologist widely known as a pioneer in Middle Eastern Women’s studies, passed away this week. It is difficult for me to speak of her – a friend, ally, and colleague of over two decades – in the past tense. I first met Fatema at the Middle East Studies Association Conference in…