Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon: Cold Water Poured on Hopes of Equality After Arab Spring (in Swedish & English)

Author : Hakan Widmans, Sverige Radio P-1 Morgon

Swedish Radio P-1 hosted a panel discussion on women’s rights after the Arab Spring. The panel consisted of Mahnaz Afkhami alongside Eva Zillen (Woman to Woman), Asma Khader (member of Jordanian Parliament and CEO of Solidarity is Global Institute/Jordan), and Catherine Harrington (producer of the WLP documentary “Because Our Cause is Just”).

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…

"Unveiling" the First Step in the Liberation and Empowerment of Women in Iran (In Persian)

"Unveiling" the First Step in the Liberation and Empowerment of Women in Iran (In Persian)

Author : Kayhan London

Penned by Mahnaz Afkhami, this article concentrates on Reza Shah Pahlavi’s January 1936 decree on banning women from wearing veils. In her opinion, Reza Shah’s “courageous” decision was “a fundamental step in building a developed and civilized society based on freedom and equality of human beings.” It is no wonder that Rouhollah Khomeini considered unveiling…

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…

Reader's Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Author : Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show Reader's Review

Diane Rehm hosted Mahnaz Afkahmi on her radio show to discuss the book,  Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi, a story of a woman in Egypt who is forced into prostitution and later arrested. Afkhami discusses the novel’s contribution to radical feminism in the region, women’s rights and the patriarchy, and the relevance…

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

Author : Caryle Murphy, The Majalla

Despite hope and change in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, many remain cautious regarding progress on women’s rights in the region. In an article with political news journal, Al Majalla, Mahnaz Afkhami stresses the importance of movement building and collaboration between women’s rights activists at the grassroots level. 

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women's Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami

Author : Voice of America

The half hour video produced by VOA provides the historical context for the women’s movement in Iran, focusing on the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami. The biopic covers her ten-year tenure as the Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran and her three years in the Iranian cabinet as the first Minister of…