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.
Julie Cissé is turning the principles of climate justice into action in Senegal. As the Coordinator of Women’s Learning Partnership Senegal/Groupes d’Initiatives pour le Progrès Social-West Africa Region (GIPS-WAR), Cissé has worked to promote the economic, social and cultural development of rural and urban women through training, advocacy and counseling for over a decade.
Climate justice needs women’s voices, experience, and leadership. Women’s Learning Partnership is bringing together thought-leaders on climate justice and women’s rights to discuss the role of women and youth in confronting the climate crisis. Women have suffered the greatest from natural disasters, loss of arable land, and forced migration, and have been on the forefront of working towards sustainable solutions. Join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion and poetry reading about the nexus between the fight for climate justice and addressing political, social, and economic inequalities.