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…

Iran's New Crackdown on Women

Author : Dana Goldstein, The Daily Beast

Activists are being exiled, TV newswomen have had their makeup banned, and a propaganda documentary slams feminism. Dana Goldstein on the effort to kill women’s rights once and for all. On December 5 in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, known as a center of art and culture, women’s rights campaigner Hayedeh Tabesh was publicly…

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…

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…

Tavaana Interview: Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian)

Author : Tavaana

View the interview مهناز افخمی متولد ۱۳۱۹، دومین زن در ایران است که به مقام وزارت رسید. در دوران پیش از انقلاب، مهناز افخمی هنگام تدریس در دانشگاه ملی، «جمعیت دختران دانشجوی ایران» را بنیان نهاد و چندی بعد به مقام دبیر‌کلی «سازمان زنان ایران»  رسید. او در سال ۱۳۵۵ به عنوان «وزیر مشاور در امور زنان»…