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Leading for Change: Women in Iran and the Journey to Freedom

Date & Time

Feb. 16, 2023
10:00am – 11:00am ET


Online Only


The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program is honored to host leading women’s rights advocate and former Minister for Women's Affairs in Iran Mahnaz Afkhami at the 2023 Haleh Esfandiari Forum. 

Afkhami launched her journey in activism more than four decades ago. Prior to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, she played a key role in the passage of the progressive 1975 Family Protection Law as Iran’s Minister for Women’s Affairs, founded the Association of Iranian University Women, and served as Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran. Afkhami has gone on to co-found and head several organizations advocating for women’s rights, and received a number of awards for her pioneering work. 

In conversation with MEP Director Merissa Khurma, Afkhami will address the situation in Iran through her own experience as a women rights activist, the most imminent challenges facing women today, and ways the international community can band together to support women and girls globally, but particularly in Iran where young girls and women are leading protests and calls for change.

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Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

Middle East Women's Initiative

The Middle East Women's Initiative (MEWI) promotes the empowerment of women in the region through an open and inclusive dialogue with women leaders from the Middle East and continuous research.  Read more