WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iranian American Women Foundation

Mahnaz Afkhami honored with award for leadership and community involvement.
WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami addresses the crowd at the 2018 IAWF Conference.

Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) Founder and President Mahnaz Afkhami was honored with the Shirzan Award for life-long leadership and community involvement at the 16th Annual Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) Conference on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. IAWF is a non-profit organization providing networking, leadership, and mentorship services to women of Iranian descent across all professional industries in the United States and internationally. The conference brought together accomplished representatives of academia, business, entertainment, and politics who advocate for women’s leadership.

During the event, the IAWF recognized Afkhami for her decades of visionary, global work in the civil society sector to advance women's human rights and agency. In her acceptance speech, she spoke of one of the most significant collaborations in the women's human rights movement--the WLP partnership--following a screening of our promotional video. 

Leaders and activists pose at IAWF event.
Photo left to right: Mariam Khosravani, Founder & President of IAWF; Azita Raji, first woman U.S. Ambassador to Sweden; Mahnaz Afkhami; and Goli Ameri, former Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Values and Diplomacy for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

She encouraged the women entrepreneurs, leaders, and allies gathered to be involved with women-related causes locally and at the national level, and reminded them that our human rights are now globalized and require our vigilance to uphold them. On the topic of creating solutions for societal good, she advised the women in the audience to embrace the diversity of one's heritage, but endeavor to take the risks required to make alliances with those whom appear to be different from oneself.

Click here to learn more about Mahnaz Afkhami and her contributions to the global women's movement. 

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