Mahnaz Afkhami (USA/Iran) is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies, and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran.
Mahnaz’s leadership in the non-governmental, academic, governmental, international, and activist spheres has helped enable women in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia to make choices that impact their own lives and the lives of their families and communities.
She has authored numerous publications, among them Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation (1997), Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World (1995), In the Eye of the Storm: Women in Postrevolutionary Iran (1994), Women in Exile (1994), and Women and the Law in Iran (1993). Among the training manuals she has co-authored are Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women's Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies (1996), Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women (2001), and Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for Women (2010), and Victories Over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls A Practitioner’s Manual (2012).
She is chair of the International Museum of Women's Global Council, member of the board of trustees of the Freer/Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, and serves on the advisory council of Women’s Division of Human Rights Watch, among others.
Afkhami has appeared on the BBC, CNN, and PBS and in numerous television and radio interviews on NPR, BBC Persian, VOA Persian and other international outlets.