Women’s Rights Advocate Mahnaz Afkhami
at Wellesley College April 6
April 5, 2005
Mahnaz Afkhami, one of the leaders of the international women’s
movement, will speak at Wellesley College Wednesday, April 6,
beginning at 5:00 pm. The event, to be held in Pendleton Atrium,
is free and open to the public. After the lecture, entitled "
Ten Years After Beijing: Future Trends in the International Women's
Movement," there will be an opportunity for questions from the
" Ms. Afkami has been a leading advocate of women’s rights
for more than three decades, having founded and headed several
international non-governmental organizations focused on advancing
the status of women,” said Emily Amick ’07, president
of Wellesley Women for Choice, the student organization sponsoring
her visit to the College.
Tara Matin ’07, president of
the Wellesley Persian Students Association, said, “Ms.
Afkhami is a prime example of an influential Iranian woman
who has moved beyond the restrictions placed on many Iranian
“ We are excited about expanding the horizons of both organizations to global
human rights issues,” noted Amick. “Working together we have found
common ground, and in a time when many people view the Muslim world and women’s
rights as contradictory, we feel that this lecture holds an astute importance
to the community.”
Mahnaz Afkhami is an experienced Iranian women’s rights advocate. She served
as the Iranian Minister of State for Women's Affairs from 1976 to 1978, when
the position was eliminated on the eve of the Islamic Revolution. She then became
more involved in women’s issues as a professor at the National University
of Iran. Ms. Afkhami was the founder of the Association of Iranian University
Women. She also promoted women’s rights through various non-governmental
organizations. She served as the secretary general of the Women's Organization
of Iran from 1970 to 1979.
A leading advocate of women's rights for more than three decades,
Ms. Afkhami was President of Sisterhood Is Global Institute, an
organization that focuses on advancing women's rights, for 5 years.
She is now president of the international non-governmental organization
Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and
Peace, which aims at raising women’s awareness about their
roles in the public sphere. Her list of accomplishments shows that
she is the epitome of an activist and a fabulous educator, leader,
and role model.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an
excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.