Mahnaz Afkhami


  • Geographic Location: Middle East and North Africa

About me:

I.M.O.W. Global Council Member Mahnaz Afkhami has been an activist for women's rights, peace and democracy for more than three decades. She is a scholar and authority on women in Muslim societies, and has been an outspoken advocate for the elimination of violence to girls and women in the Muslim world. Since 2000, Mahnaz has been president and CEO of the Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace whose aim is to empower women and girls in the global south.

Mahnaz was the Iranian minister of state for Women's Affairs from 1975-1978, and for nine years prior, secretary general of the Women's Organization of Iran. She has been living in the United States since 1979 and while in exile, has founded several international non-governmental organizations focused on advancing the status of women. She was the former executive director of Sisterhood is Global and serves on the advisory boards of The Global Fund for Women, the International League for Human Rights, the Commission on Globalization, and the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

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President and CEO, Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace
Executive Director, Foundation for Iranian Studies

I'm passionate about:

Women's rights in the Middle East.

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From Economica:

Women's empowerment is a process. It involves raising consciousness, building skills and reforming unjust laws that limit women's education, participation in decision making and economic independence. I.M.O.W. Global Council member Mahnaz Afkhami is president of Women's Learning Partnership, which strives to empower women by practicing and promoting their leadership and self-sufficiency.



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