Partner Profile: Soheila Vahdati Bana (Iran)
Soheila Vahdati Bana
Human rights activist, writer and scholar Soheila Vahdati Bana has played a key role in transmitting reliable information about the difficult realities of her counterparts living in Iran, helping expedite international advocacy to end human rights violations against women in Iran. Equality Now first collaborated with Soheila on her “Stop Stoning Forever” campaign, and recently spoke with her about the women’s movement in Iran and her reaction to the recent ban on female students from more than 70 Iranian university degree courses. Read the interview here.

Promoting the Protocol in Francophone Africa

Dakar Lawyers Training

In our continuing effort to train lawyers and activists to effectively use the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Protocol), Equality Now convened a lawyers training workshop from 30-31 July in Dakar, Senegal. Targeting lawyers and women lawyer’s associations from 12 French-speaking African countries, the training was opened by Senegalese Minister for Justice, Aminata Toure, who stated, “We are completely open to you and your partners…the direction for human rights has been put in place recently and we are in the process of building it and we look up to you to kind of develop partnership for our own capacity-building.” As this type of training isn’t typically conducted in French-speaking Africa, many of the lawyers approached Equality Now after the workshop to inquire about conducting trainings in their individual countries. Read more at

Woman's Rights in the News