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Grassroots Civil Society in Afghanistan – September 30th, 2022

Following the return of the Taliban to power, formal civil society structures collapsed rapidly as their executives and civil society leaders were forced out of the country. We are opening the conversation to stakeholders in the international community to identify opportunities and areas of support.

SRI Side Event: ​​Reproductive injustice: Population policies and denial of bodily autonomy

The side event explored the history and resurgence of coercive population policies, pro-natalist policies, population control policies and everything in between to highlight that all of them are violations of human rights. The side event featured presentations and analysis from feminists to oppose coercive population control by centering bodily autonomy and reproductive justice.

Since October 2021, FEMENA in collaboration with the Asfari Institute for Civil Society at the American University in Beirut, has organized a series of online events, designed to amplify the voices of Afghan women human rights defenders. This initiative titled “My Voice to My Home” provides a platform through which well-known activists, with years of experience advocating for women’s rights, peace and democracy in Afghanistan can connect with students at AUB and share experiences.

Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Workplace in the MENA Region
FEMENA’s Parallel Event at CSW66 – Thursday, March 17, 2022

FEMENA‘s parallel event at the CSW66 NGO Forum highlighted the work of the women’s movement and civil society in preventing gender-based violence in the workplace in the MENA region.

What’s happening in Afghanistan? Demands from Afghan Feminists

FEMENA and AWID co-organized an online event to express solidarity with Afghan women and women human rights defenders. Speakers discussed the situation of women and activists following the Afghan crisis and how the international community can better support them.

Women and Iran’s Presidential Elections: What Role Will They Play?

This panel discussion, hosted by the Middle East Institute, examined the role of women in the lead up to Iran’s presidential elections on June 18, 2021

Advocating for Women’s Rights, Peace and Security in MENA/Asia: Challenges of Shrinking Civic Space – ngocsw65 Forum – March 23, 2021

How are independent women’s groups advocating for gender equality and elimination of violence against women in restrictive, difficult and at times violent political and social contexts?

Protecting & Supporting WHRDs in MENA: A Critical Component of Efforts to End Violence against Women – ngocsw65 Forum – March 17, 2021

Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are crucial actors for positive social change, including in efforts to end violence against women.

The Gendered Impact of US sanctions

16 Jun 2020 – Opposing Sanctions from a Feminist Imperative – Join CODEPINK, FEMENA, and Sanctions Kill for a critical online discussion on how economic sanctions have contributed to the reversal of women’s economic and social gains and impeded their progress in Iraq, North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.


05 April 2020 – Webinar with Iranian-American women/gender-nonconforming people about the crisis in Iran from a personal view.

Aspirations of Iranian Women and Girls: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Iranian Women’s Movement

28 September, 2018 at American University, School of International Service, Founders Room, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

How Sanctions Impact Women and the Women’s Movement in Iran

25 September, 2018 at Busboy and Poets, 450 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20001 – The second round of US sanctions against Iran will snap back on November 4. These sanctions are being implemented following the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the Iran Deal (JCPOA) despite Iran’s compliance.

Medea Benjamin & Sussan Tahmasebi On Iran

August 01, 2018 – Join this fascinating discussion about Iran, the effect of sanctions and Trump tweets, internal civil society and much more with great analyst/activist Sussan Tahmasebi and Medea Benjamin.

Code Pink conference 2018

CODEPINK Women For Peace conference 2018