ICAN in the News

Why Don’t Afghan Lives Matter? | Opinion – Sanam Naraghi Anderlini (Newsweek)

By Sanam Naraghi Anderlini; September, 3 2021

DC nonprofit that helps Afghan women faces new difficulties (WTOP News)

By Melissa Howell; August, 31 2021

Taliban says it will be more tolerant toward women. Some fear otherwise. (Washington Post)

By Sammy Westfall and Claire Parker

August, 17 2021 

Women Peace Builders Are Essential For Sustainable World Peace (Forbes)

By Jackie Abramian

November 19, 2020

Peace Talks Need Women  (New Internationalist)

By Vanessa Baird

March 7, 2021


Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Peace strategist and Executive Director, ICAN (Women in Foreign Policy)

By Lara Twerenbold

January, 2020

Women at the Peace Table Yields Better Results. Why Is It Still So Rare? (The New York Times)

By Alexandra E. Petri

October 13, 2020


Where are the women peacemakers? (Le Monde Diplomatique)

By Sanam Naraghi Anderlini

August, 2020

More ICAN in the News

Forbes On International Day Of Non-Violence Women Peace Builders Raise Their Voices [October 2020]

Inter Press Service (IPS), Is the Campaign for a Female UN Chief a Good Try in a Lost Cause? [May 2021]

Ms. Magazine, “Women, Peace and Security in the Time of Coronavirus” [March 2020]

Equinoxe TV Cameroon, “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Training in Cameroon” [June 2019]

Marie Claire, “Global Peace is Impossible Without Female Negotiators” [March 2019]

IDN-InDepthNews, “Ban Ki-moon Leaves Behind a Mixed Legacy” [January 2017]

Ms Magazine, “Five Steps to a Feminist Foreign Policy” [December 2016]

World Economic Forum, “The most defining moments of 2016, according to 6 global leaders” [December 2016]

BBC World News, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini on security in the Middle East [December 2016]

BBC World News, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini on Syria Conflict [March 2016]

BBC World News, Sanam Anderlini on Saudi-Iran Tensions and Yemen [January 2016]

UNDPA, “Women in the spotlight: Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini” interview [May 2015]

Women’s E-News, “Academia Joins Battle against Rape as a Weapon of War” Anderlini citation [April 2015]

Wilson Center, “Expansion or Contraction? Women’s Rights in the MENA Region in 2015″ Sanam Anderlini contribution p.8 [March 2015]

Nobel Peace Prize Forum, featured speaker Sanam Anderlini (video) [March 2015] or on MPR Radio, “Sanam Anderlini: women’s roles as international peacemakers”

Miami Hurricane, “At CGIU, women urged to play role in sustainable peace negotiations,” panel review [March 2015]

Huffington Post, “Support the Peacemakers Too,” Sanam Anderlini citation [Feb 2015]

IPS, “Sexist Laws Still Thrive Worldwide,” Interview with Sanam Anderlini [Feb 2015]

CNN, “What really scares terrorists,” ICAN citation [Dec 2015]

One Earth Future, “Peace in the 21st century” video interview with Sanam Anderlini [ Nov 2014]

Women’s E-News, “Take Women Seriously In Fight Against ISIS” ICAN citation [Nov 2014]

Slate, “Would an Iranian Nuclear Deal Be Good for Human Rights?” Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Nov 2014]

BBC World, “Sexism: Who is to blame?” Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Nov 2014]

AlJazeera, “Iran acid attacks put ‘moral policing’ law into question” Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Nov 2014]

IPS, “Women Challenged by Rising Extremism and Militarism” ICAN citation [Nov 2014]

The Elders, “Are women really peaceful?” by Sanam Anderlini [Nov 2014]

IPS, “Another Women’s Treaty? Implement Existing One, Say NGO.” Interview with Sanam Anderlini[Oct 2014]

BBC World, “Sexism: Who is to blame?” Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Oct 2014]

NIAC “The Role of Women in the Future of Iran.” Panel with Sanam Anderlini [Sept 2014]

Global Post “Ending violence against women: It’s not just about being ‘nice’.” Interview with Sanam Anderlini [June 2014]

Global Post “Ending violence against women: When ‘knowing’ doesn’t translate into ‘doing.’” Interview with Sanam Anderlini [June 2014]

Inter Press Service, “U.N. Releases Guidelines on Reparations for Victims of Sexual Violence.” Interview with Sanam Anderlini [June 2014]

Open Democracy, “Hopes and fears: Summit to end sexual violence in conflict.” by Sanam Anderlini [June 2014]

Inter Press Service, “Op-ed: Iran Human Rights: President Rouhani, Listen to Your Public.” by Sussan Tahmasebi [May 2014]

IPI Global Observatory. “Anderlini: Who are These Women, Anyway?” Interview with Sanam Anderlini [March 2014]

International Service for Human Rights, “UN event spotlights the protection needs of Women Human Rights Defenders,”Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [March 2014]

Inter Press Service, “Women Still Walk Two Steps Behind in Arab World,” Interview with Sanam Anderlini [March 2014]

NPR, “Iranian Expats: Iranian State ‘Not A Monolith’,” Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Nov 2013]

ABC News Australia, “Iranian activists work for movement on women’s right,” Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Nov 2013]

Amnesty International, “The One Million Signatures Campaign: An Effort Born on the Streets,” by Sussan Tahmasebi [Sept 2013]

AWID “Breaking Through The Iron Ceiling: Iran’s New Government And The Hopes Of The Iranian Women’s Movements” [Sept 2013]

Radio Free Europe, “Perhaps Bowing to Pressure, Rohani Appoints Woman to Iranian Cabinet” [August 2013]

BBC Radio 4, “The New Iranian President and Women’s Rights” [August 2013]

Lobe Log, “What About Women in Iraq?” [March 2013]

Trust Law, “Women’s rights under growing pressure in Arab world” [March 2013]

Foreign Policy’s Stephen Walt names Anderlini a fresh thinker on Middle East policy [Nov 2012]

Peace & Collaborative Development Network, Interview with Sanam Anderlini [Nov 2012]

Nobel Women’s Initiative, “Sanctions on Iran Impact Women” [Aug 2012]

The Guardian, “Sanctions on Iran: ‘ordinary people are the target’” [Aug 2012]

National Iranian-American Council, “Sanctioning Iranian Women” [July 2012]

Lobe Log, “Sanctions and the shaping of Iran’s ‘resistance economy’” [July 2012]

Human Rights Watch, “Fighting for Women’s Rights in Iran” [Oct 2011]

The Daily Beast, “Without Women’s Rights, No Democracy” [March 2011]

World Radio Switzerland, Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Nov 2010]

Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Interview with Sussan Tahmasebi [Jan 2009]


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The exchange is to be a mechanism for regular interaction and dialogue on issues, ideas and solutions between senior representatives of governments and members of WASL and other independent CSOs that have experience in the area of preventing and countering violent extremism.


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The Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership brings together existing women rights and peace practitioners, organizations, and networks actively engaged in preventing extremism and promoting peace, rights and pluralism, to enable their systematic and strategic collaboration.

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