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Afghan Women Human Rights Defenders Demand Justice & Accountability – October 05, 2021

FEMENA is pleased to have been co-organizing this side event at the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council for a critical discussion on the current situation of women and women human rights defenders in Afghanistan, how WHRDs are resisting the pushback on women’s rights and the demand of Afghan women from the international community.

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