FPA/OTR Book Talk: Mahnaz Afkhami and The Other Side of Silence

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Foreign Policy Association
Off the Record Lecture Series

Event Details

Thursday, April 6, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
300 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
Event type

Event Description

The FPA is delighted to be joined by Ms. Mahnaz Afkahmi, Founder and President of the Women's Learning Partnership and Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Her new book "The Other Side of Silence: A Memoir of Exile, Iran and the Global Woman's Movement" tells the story of Ms. Afkahmi' s time growing up in Pre-Revolution Iran, her time as the first Minister for Women's Affairs in Iran, and her exile from her home.

The event will begin at 6:00pm and run until 8:00pm. There will be a reception after the lecture. You can register for this event on Eventbrite or by contacting [email protected]. Copies of Ms.Afkahmi' s book will be available after the lecture. 


Event Speakers

    • Mahnaz - Speaker

      A skilled storyteller who has spent her life in two worlds, Mahnaz Afkhami shares her unexpected and meteoric rise from unassuming English professor to a champion of women's rights in Iran; the clash between Western feminists and those from the Global South; and the challenges of international women's rights work during the so-called war on terror. Her journey through exile shows what it takes to launch and sustain a worldwide grassroots movement: funding, an ever-expanding network, conferences, education, and decades of hard work requiring individuals and organizations to persevere despite ongoing wars, humanitarian disasters, and climate change. Told with humor, honesty, and compassion, Afkhami's remarkable story illuminates the possibility of bringing opportunity and choice to women across the world.