A Tribute to Roza Eftekhari from WASL

It is with immense sadness and grief that we in the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) family, express our condolences for the passing of our dear sister, friend and colleague Roza Eftekhari on July 20, 2021, due to ovarian cancer.

Roza was among the founding members of WASL in 2016, enthusiastically supporting our first collective statement and the vision and values that shaped and have driven our community. A renowned journalist and figure in the Iranian women’s movement, as Managing Editor of the famous Zanan magazine, she created a space for dialogue and common ground between secular and religious voices addressing critical issues of gender equality and human rights.

Boko Haram and Banditry: Northeast Nigeria’s Deteriorating Security Situation

“We need a special intervention, we need our country back, it’s becoming lawless”, warns women’s rights and peace activist, Hamsatu Allamin, WASL member and Founder of Allamin Foundation. The situation in northeast and northwest Nigeria demands urgent international attention, not only as a matter of humanitarian urgency but also for its impact on international peace and security.

Wonder Woman: Not the Hero the UN Needs

By Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini
For those of us who ever feel conflicted about the United Nations, the past month has been an exercise in managing absurd cognitive dissonance.

Anderlini comments on women’s rights trends in 2015

by Sanam Anderlini This short article was published in “Expansion or Contraction? Women’s Rights in the MENA Region in 2015” (Wilson Center, 8 March 2015). The full publication is available here. 2014 was a tough year in the MENA and Asia region, and...