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Founder and President, Women’s Learning Partnership, Maryland

David Rubenstein Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2009

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) is the founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership, Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies, and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran. She serves on advisory boards for Ethical Globalization Initiative, International Museum of Women, World Movement for Democracy, and the Women’s Division of Human Rights Watch, among a number of other national and international organizations. Afkhami has been a leading advocate of women’s rights internationally for more than three decades. Her publications include Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation; Faith and Freedom: Women’s Human Rights in the Muslim World; Women in Exile; and Women and the Law in Iran. Among the training manuals she has co-authored are Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women’s Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies; Safe and Secure: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Muslim Societies; and Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women.

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