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.
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.
Youth are ready to lead political change in Nigeria. WLP Nigeria is helping them make it happen.
On February 25, 2023, Nigerians will head to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. We spoke to Joy Ngwakwe, Executive Director of WLP’s partner organization in Nigeria, Center for Advancement of Development Rights (CEADER), about the energy she is seeing from youth ahead of the elections and how they are building the capacity of youth to prepare young people for every aspect of the electoral process.
WLP joins over 450 human rights organizations and leaders to call for #IranSolidarity
Women's Learning Partnership joins Freedom House and over 450 civil society organizations, policymakers, and human rights leaders from around the world to call for global solidarity for Iran. The joint statement presents six steps that the international community must take to support the movement in Iran for freedom and rights. Read the joint statement below.