Mahnaz Afkhami is a former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister of State for Women's Affairs. She is Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and serves on advisory boards for a number of national and international organizations. She is also founder/president of Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace. She has over three decades of experience working at the government and non-government levels to advance the rights of women, particularly in the Middle East.
She has authored and edited numerous publications, among them Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation (1997), Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World (1995), Women in Exile (1994), and Women and the Law in Iran (1993). Among the training manuals she has co-authored are Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women's Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies (1996), Safe and Secure: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Muslim Societies (1998), and Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women (2001).