This Saturday evening, please join us in honoring an international hero who advocates for women's equality despite enduring weeks in jail, the abduction of her husband, and the destruction of her law practice.
Award-winning Iranian women's rights advocate Mehrangiz Kar
Meghrangiz Kar is an icon of the Iranian women's rights movement. In 2000, after she spoke at a conference in Germany she was imprisoned for weeks, sentenced to four years in jail for "spreading propaganda," released on $60,000 bail, and sought medical care in the US.
While Kar was abroad, her husband was abducted, tortured, and jailed for two years before being released on medical grounds. He cannot leave Iran and is at risk of being jailed again at any moment. She cannot visit him without fear of being re-arrested.
Despite the crackdown on her work and family, Kar refuses to remain silent. Currently a fellow at Harvard, she champions the plight of her husband and the cause of women's equality in Iran.
On the 62nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Kar will receive the Activist of the Year" Award from AICs' New England Council. The award comes as part of an international campaign for jailed dissidents in Iran.
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