Manda Zand Ervin

Founder and President, Alliance of Iranian Women

Manda is an Iranian political refugee working to bring attention to the plight of Iranian women under Islamic Sharia laws.

In 2009, Manda was the featured speaker on Iran at the G-8 International Conference on Violence Against Women. She is frequently consulted by members of Congress considering resolutions and legislation on Iran policy and human rights, and almost single-handedly gathered the support to pass a 2003 U.S. Senate Resolution on the human rights of women in Iran.

In 2008, Manda was appointed by the President of the United States as the United States’ Delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.

Manda speaks on international TV and radio programs, including CNN, BBC, Radio France, VOA, Radio America, and cable television stations which broadcast into Iran.  She also speaks at conferences on the history of American/Iranian relations, human rights, and Islamic Sharia laws. Manda is the winner of the Speaker of Truth award.