Azar 15 1399 - December 05 2020
Ground-breaking step in Iran towards reducing statelessness

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said it welcomes Iran's move to give nationality to thousands of children born to Iranian mothers and non-Iranian fathers. The first children, out of some 10,000 children whose citizenship applications have so far been accepted, received their Iranian identity card, known as a 'Shenasnameh', last month. 12/3/20

The New 'Face of Iran' Elnaz Golrokh STUNS In Sexy New Cover Of MAXIM

Supermodel and beauty blogger Elnaz Golrokh is taking the industry by storm after getting the cover of Maxim Magazine, and she looks drop-dead gorgeous. The new 'Face Of Iran' is well known by her huge devoted fan base in the Middle East, but the supermodel is hell-bent on letting the whole world learn to love the Iranian culture and beauty. -Blast 12/3/20

Iranian National Commission for UNESCO honors actress Jaleh Olov

The Iranian National Commission for UNESCO honored actress Jaleh Olov, Iranian actor and voice actor with a lifetime achievement award on the margins of the Selfie 20 Short Film Festival in Tehran on Monday. The 93-year-old Olov expressed her thanks to the organizers in a video message screened during the closing ceremony of the festival, and said, "I am proud of working for the art of this land for 72 years in the different fields of theater, radio, dubbing and poetry." 12/2/20

75,000 children in Iran to gain nationality under new law

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran's move to give nationality to thousands of children born to Iranian mothers and non-Iranian fathers. The first children, out of some 10,000 children whose citizenship applications have so far been accepted, received their long-awaited Iranian identity document - known as a 'Shenasnameh' - last month. -UNHCR 12/2/20

How a feminist framework can guide US, European Iran policy

The election of the nation's first female vice president marks a political watershed in Washington, DC. And while President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have promised a different kind of foreign policy, the real question about "building back better" is - how exactly, and for whom? Who benefits? Whose interests will be taken into account? Whose voices will not be heard? Such are the questions that a feminist approach would ask of every policy. -Cornelius Adebahr and Barbara Mittelhammer, Responsible Statecraft 11/25/20

Online screening of Focus Iran in Montreal: a French documentary about Iran

The documentary, Focus Iran (2017), follows the efforts and struggles of five Iranian photographers, including four young women, who have to overcome many barriers to continue working in their country. It is a story which shows the honest personal narratives of these artists about how they could battle the religious and social taboos to shoot a real image of the invisible folds of current Iranian society. -Maryam Azimzadehirani , The Concordian 11/24/20

Iranian Women Entrepreneurs Recognized for Innovative Activities

Top Iranian women entrepreneurs working in the domains of job creation and creating added value have been recognized in appreciation of their services. -IFP 11/12/20

From Texas to Iran to Nashville: Kimya Raietparvar's journey to Vanderbilt

Kimya Raietparvar has played on both United States and Iranian international teams, which eventually led her to Vanderbilt-where the sophomore is already making an impact. -Sam Curtis and Anita Mukherjee, Vanderbilt Hustler 11/12/20

Iranian Activist Sotoudeh Contracts Coronavirus, Husband Says, Amid 'Catastrophic' Prison Conditions

Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer who was temporarily released from prison last week, has tested positive for the coronavirus, her husband has said. Reza Khandan wrote on Facebook on November 11 that his wife contracted the virus at the Gharchak women's prison in Tehran, where she was transferred last month. The conditions at the prison were particularly "catastrophic," he said. 11/11/20

Nasrin Sotoudeh Released on Temporary Leave from Prison

Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was released on temporary furlough today from Gharchak Prison in the Iranian city of Varamin, south of Tehran, her husband Reza Khandan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "We welcome Nasrin Sotoudeh's release on temporary furlough and call on the authorities in Iran to permanently release her," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of CHRI. -CHRI 11/9/20

PAAIA Celebrates Historic Election for Iranian Americans

The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization serving the interests of Iranian Americans, congratulates Oklahoma State Senator Stephanie Bice (R-OK), Florida State Representative Anna Eskamani (D-FL), New York State Senator Anna Kaplan (D-NY) and Phoenix's City Council candidate Yassamin Ansari for their successes in the 2020 election - a truly historic moment for the Iranian American community. 11/5/20

Iran's #MeToo movement makes waves in Toronto as calls mount for festival to cut ties with celebrated artist

Accusations of sexual assault against one of Iran's most celebrated visual artists are making waves in Toronto's Iranian community - with many saying they represent a critical moment not only in the burgeoning #MeToo movement inside Iran, but also an opportunity for community leaders abroad to take a stand against a culture of impunity they say has too long shielded perpetrators at all levels of power. -Shanifa Nasser, CBS 11/2/20

There's no limit to what Iranian women can do: Football Player Yasaman Farmani

RCSC Charleroi player Yasaman Farmani says that there is no limit to what the Iranian women football players can accomplish. Farmani joined the Belgian top-flight football club from Iran's Malavan in August. She is the wife of Iran international Ali Gholizadeh. They are the first Iranian couple to play at a European based football team. 10/26/20

Iran Moving Women Political Prisoners to Jails with "Common Criminals"

As part of a new policy to isolate political prisoners by incarcerating them alongside common criminals at various prisons in Iran, three women convicted of national security crimes for opposing Iran's mandatory hijab laws were recently transferred out of Evin Prison's Women's Ward, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Yasaman Ariyani and her mother Monireh Arabshahi, were transferred to Rajaiee Shahr Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, and Samaneh Norouz-Moradi to the central prison in Roudsar, northern Iran. -CHRI 10/26/20

Female Cyclist Angers Hard-Liners In Iran By Riding Without Her Hijab

A young Iranian woman who rode a bicycle without wearing a hijab has spurred angry protests by hard-liners in Najafabad, a conservative city in Iran's central province of Isfahan. The unnamed woman was arrested earlier this week. Iranian authorities say her "motives" are being investigated. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 10/26/20

A #MeToo Awakening Stirs in Iran

The #MeToo movement has hit a nerve among Iran's women. Now accusations against a politically connected celebrity artist are testing the movement in a sexually conservative society dominated by men. -Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times 10/23/20

Nasrin Sotoudeh Transferred to Notorious Gharchak Prison

Nasrin Sotoudeh, the imprisoned human rights attorney, has been moved to the notoriously harsh Gharchak Prison (also spelled Qarchak) in the Iranian city of Varamin, south of Tehran, despite grave medical issues that require her hospitalization, her husband, Reza Khandan said today, October 20, 2020. -CHRI 10/21/20

The Wunderkind Iranian Director Who Stopped Making Films

The Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf is one of the best modern directors, and one of the most precocious of all time, but, even when the repertory houses were in high gear prior to the lockdown, her films were rarely shown. Makhmalbaf made her first feature, "The Apple," in 1997, at the age of seventeen; her second, "Blackboards," came out in 2000, and her third, "At Five in the Afternoon," three years after that. -Richard Brody, New Yorker 10/20/20

Will Iran let a woman run for president in 2021?

With Iran's June 2021 presidential elections approaching, a perennial public debate over whether women have the right to run for president has resurfaced. In a statement on September 13, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, spokesman of Iran's Guardian Council-which is responsible for vetting candidates for elected office-said that there was no legal impediment to a woman president and that it is possible that this will happen in the future. -Raz Zimmt, Atlantic Council 10/16/20

Cleric reopens scars of acid attacks after threatening Iranian women

Threats by an influential hard-line cleric against Iranian women with loose headscarves has opened up old wounds left behind in acid attacks perpetrated by religious extremists. -Al-Monitor 10/14/20

Photos: Pottery, ceramic art of Tabriz women

Women in Tabriz, Iran have created pottery and ceramic art workshops as individual or group work. They combine soil and water with their art and create beautiful potteries. -Ali Hamed Haghdoust, IRNA 10/8/20

Iran Lifts Restrictions to Let Women Compete in Bodybuilding Competitions

Restrictions have been lifted in Iran to allow women to compete in bodybuilding competitions across the country. It was a welcome change for some tough ladies, who have been in training waiting for this day to come. Azam Farahani, 29, is one of them. She lives In Tehran with her family and has been active in bodybuilding for seven years. -Yahoo 10/8/20

Iranian musicians help out in secret on Israeli singer's new record

An Israeli singer of Persian heritage is set to release an album she made by working in secret with Iranian musicians, her long-held aspiration for artistic collaboration despite bitter animosity between the two states. Using encrypted instant-messaging apps like Telegram and by wiring money through third countries, such as the UK and Turkey, Liraz Charhi said she spent months of sleepless nights fearing those who associated would be in danger. -Oliver Holmes, Guardian 10/8/20

Iran frees rights activist after more than 8 years in prison

Iran has released a prominent human rights activist who campaigned against the death penalty, Iranian media reported Thursday. The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted judiciary official Sadegh Niaraki as saying that Narges Mohammadi was freed late Wednesday after serving 8 1/2 years in prison. She was sentenced to 10 years in 2016 while already incarcerated. -AP 10/8/20

Mother of Iranian Astronomy: In Commemoration of Alenoush Terian

The 100th birth anniversary of the late professor Alenoush Terian, the mother of Iranian astronomy, will be celebrated on October 29. Concurrent with World Science Day for Peace and Development, the ceremony will take place in Tehran. Setting up the first solar physics observatory, launching the first solar telescope, Offering solar physics and astrophysics courses for the first time in the country, and dedicating her house to students are some of the most notable contributions of Terian to the growth of astronomy in Iran. 10/6/20

Memories, Tales and Folk Songs: Group exhibition in New York by seven female Iranian artists

Roya Khadjavi Projects is pleased to present "Memories, Tales and Folk Songs", a group exhibition by seven female Iranian artists in diaspora including Afsoon, Arghavan Khosravi, Atieh Sohrabi, Farnaz Zabetian, Leila Seyedzadeh, Parastoo Ahovan, and Roxana Manouchehri. 10/2/20

An Iranian Woman Walking For Peace: Pupeh Mahdavi Nader embarks on round-the-globe journey

Iranian globetrotter Pupeh Mahdavi Nader has started a journey on foot from the UNESCO-registered Burnt City, southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, with the motto of "Love, Friendship and Global Peace". 9/30/20

Olivia Colman-Narrated Documentary About Iranian Activist Nasrin Sotoudeh Acquired By Virgil Films

Virgil Films & Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Nasrin, a documentary about activist Nasrin Sotoudeh narrated by Oscar winner Olivia Colman. Sotoudeh is a human rights activists and an outspoken leader of Iran's women's rights movement. Last week, she cited serious health concerns in ending a six-week hunger strike in Evin Prison, where she has been serving a nearly four-decade sentence. Millions of people from around the world have called for her release. -Deadline 9/30/20

In Iran, outrage over patriarchy spurs change

How does change come to a traditional society? In Iran, a lenient sentence for the murder of a 14-year-old girl and the removal of girls' images from a math textbook are fueling anger at the patriarchy. -Scott Peterson, CSM 9/29/20

Jailed Iranian Human Rights Defender Ends Hunger Strike As Health Deteriorates

Jailed Iranian human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh has ended her hunger strike due to deteriorating health, her husband Reza Khandan said on social media on September 26. Sotoudeh had been on a hunger strike in Tehran's Evin prison since August 11 to protest the risk that political prisoners in Iran face amid the coronavirus pandemic. 9/28/20

Iranians break taboos with their own version of #MeToo

Tehran, Iran - Countless Iranians have taken to social media in recent weeks to recount their experiences of sexual abuse, bringing to the fore a topic that remained taboo for years. Iran's version of the #MeToo movement has seen candid accounts of sexual trauma - some dating back decades - being shared, and has already led to at least one arrest. -Maziar Motamedi, Al-Jazeera 9/24/20

Race to watch: Iranian-American activist faces Texas conservative

A congressional race between staunchly conservative House Republican Dan Crenshaw and Iranian American progressive Sima Ladjevardian has garnered national attention while encapsulating the shifting Demographics in the one-time Republican bastion of Texas. Crenshaw and Ladjevardian are competing to represent the state's second congressional district, which includes parts of northern and western Houston. - Joseph Stepansky, Al Jazeera 9/23/20

Narges Mohammadi's Letter from Prison: "The lives of people on death row are in danger"

Prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, imprisoned in Iran since 2015 for her peaceful defense of civil and political liberties, has written an impassioned letter from prison in which she speaks out against "not only the killing of protesters in the streets in recent years, but also the execution of young protesters." -CHRI 9/23/20

Iran: Young, blind woman helps others - including those with disabilities - fight COVID-19

For 30-year-old Samaneh Shabani, a former intern at UN Information Centre-Tehran, COVID-19 suddenly rendered her primary sensory connections to the world. The deathly silence of empty city streets was not only disturbing, but disorienting to her ability to navigate her way, and her need to get her bearings by touching surfaces puts her at greater risk of possible infection. But Samaneh's determination in setting and achieving her goals has never been deterred by her blindness or by society's prejudice toward people with disabilities. She has steadfastly refused to accept any notion of limitation. -UNIC Tehran 9/22/20

Golriz on Ghazaleh

My friend Ghazaleh Golbakhsh is a film-maker, a writer, actor, Iranian, Kiwi, woman of colour, citizen of the world, and wild dreamer. Her new book of essays examines the impact of her identity and its formation, on everything from dating to growing up in war torn Iran. I released my memoir, a bit of the journey to becoming that so called first so-called "Refugee MP", this year too. She's a prominent character in that story, and we compared notes a lot as we wrote our accounts. -Golriz Ghahrman, Newsroom, NZ 9/22/20

Nasrin Sotoudeh in Hospital, Condition Deteriorating, Family Denied Access and Information

The imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been on a hunger strike since August 11 to free Iran's political prisoners, has been hospitalized as of September 19, 2020, with her condition worsening, and the family is being denied access to her and any information on her condition, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned, after speaking with her husband, Reza Khandan on September 20, 2020. 9/21/20

All-women band in Iran struggles to break through

The men in the audience clapped and the women ululated as the band finished singing: it would have been commonplace except the venue was in Iran and the group on stage were all women. The catchy rhythmic music they played that balmy night is known as "bandari". Its lyrics are from ancient folkloric songs, passed down the generations and familiar to many at the concert in an amphitheater in the southern port of Bandar Abbas. -AFP 9/18/20

Honour killings and violence against women in Iran during the COVID-19 pandemic

The incidence of violence against women has increased worldwide since lockdowns to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 were implemented.1 Iran already had high levels of violence against women, with a reported 8000 so-called honour killings between 2010 and 2014. -Bijan Pirnia, Fariborz Pirnia & Kambiz Pirnia, The Lancet 9/18/20

Iran To Alter Schoolbook Cover After Anger Over Girls' Removal

Iran's education ministry said Tuesday the new cover of a schoolbook which removed girls from an illustration would be modified next year, following widespread criticism on social media. After the ministry distributed textbooks for the new school year on September 5, parents saw the cover of the third-grade mathematics book had changed. Two girls had been removed, leaving only three boys under a tree made up of numbers and mathematical signs. -Amir Havasi, AFP 9/16/20

Anger In Iran After Images Of Girls Removed From Cover Of Math Textbook

There's outrage among Iranians over the removal of the images of girls from the cover of a third-grade math textbook in what critics say highlights gender discrimination and the sexist attitude of the country's officials. The Education Ministry said the original cover showing two girls and three boys playing under a tree was "overcrowded" and that those who reviewed the book from "an artistic, aesthetic, and psychological perspective" had proposed to make it "less crowded." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 9/14/20

Jacqueline Saper's "From Miniskirt to Hijab" is a story for our times

As Jacqueline Saper shopped for a gift for her husband on a sunny Tehran boulevard in 1979, she had no idea that she was about to witness history. The young Iranian wife had already lived through events that seemed to shift the earth on its axis. In her lifetime, Jacqueline had endured hardships that few can imagine, but also joys and privileges that Americans would find surprisingly familiar. -Teme Ring, Chicago Now 9/10/20

Iran is having its #MeToo moment

Across the past three weeks, dozens of Iranian women of various backgrounds have taken to social media, in their own #MeToo moment, to report their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. The police have announced they have taken action against at least one suspect. Many women hope this will be just the beginning of a broader movement against sexual violence. -Tara Sepehri Far, Al Jazeera 9/10/20

Human rights award for Iranian lawyer on hunger strike

The Iranian lawyer and women's rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is apparently in acute danger of death, has been honored with the human rights award of the German Association of Judges (DRB). Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike for three weeks.She has been imprisoned again in Tehran's Evin Prison since 2018 and was sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in 2019; she had already served in prison from 2010 to 2013. -Der Tagesspiegel 9/4/20

U of O PhD student's smartwatch a timely innovation in COVID fight

Azadeh Dastmalchi's search for a user-friendly blood pressure test triggered a decade-long research effort that ultimately spawned a groundbreaking wearable device and led the University of Ottawa PhD candidate to launch her own company. On Wednesday, the biomedical engineering student and budding entrepreneur earned some well-deserved time in the spotlight. -David Sali, Ottawa Business Journal 9/3/20

Afghan girl who waited years for school refuses to let her enthusiasm wane

A few months ago, mornings at Vahdat Primary School when the children arrived were full of enthusiasm and energy. Bags bouncing on their backs as they ran through the gates of their primary school, a group of girls skidded to a halt in front of the main building, waiting for assembly. At the back of a line of sixth-graders stood Parisa, the oldest in her class at the age of 16 - her classmates were on average only 12 years old. -Farha Bhoyroo, UNHCR, Isfahan, Iran 9/2/20

Interview: Composer Aida Shirazi On Music, Success And Her Iranian Upbringing

For centuries, the classical music "canon" has been dominated by European male figures. Times are changing, though, and many diverse voices are finally finding a foothold in the genre - and one need look no further than Davis. Iranian musician Aida Shirazi came to the United States four years ago to pursue a Ph.D in composition at UC Davis. Lately, she's been getting a lot of national attention not just for her music, but also for her role as a co-founder of the Iranian Female Composer's Association. -CapRadio 9/1/20

Health of Iranian Activist Hunger Striker Nasrin Sotoudeh Deteriorating: PEN America

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a renowned Iranian writer, human rights lawyer, and activist, is reportedly in critical condition after being on hunger strike in Tehran's Evin prison for over two weeks. PEN America today calls for her and other political prisoners' immediate release and for an end to judicial and legal harassment of her and her family. 8/31/20

An Iranian-born progressive unseating a Trumpist veteran in Texas? It could happen.

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who received a Purple Heart in the war in Afghanistan, is considered one of President Trump's most reliable surrogates. He's currently fighting for reelection against Sima Ladjevardian, an Iranian-born lawyer turned political activist who was a key adviser to Beto O'Rourke in his surprisingly close race against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). - Jason Rezaian, Washington Post 8/27/20

Gelareh Zadeh becomes first female chair of neurosurgery at University of Toronto

Gelareh Zadeh speaks about the first time she observed a brain operation the same way one might describe discovering a precious jewel. As a medical student in the early 1990s, she recalls being mesmerized by a skillful neurosurgeon delicately working on the unruly snarl of blood vessels of an arteriovenous malformation. "It was so tantalizing," she says, explaining how the experience put her on the path to choosing it as her specialty. "Technically, it's really a beautiful field." -Wency Leung, Globe and Mail 8/26/20

Iran's #MeToo Moment: Women's Tweets Highlight Alleged Sexual Abuse, Rape By Prominent Figures

For 14 years, former Iranian journalist Sara Omatali kept quiet about the time she says a prominent painter sexually assaulted her. Last week, the U.S.-based educator broke her silence on Twitter, detailing the alleged abuse that took place in the summer of 2006. Omatali is one of many Iranian women who have in recent days taken to social media to tell their stories of sexual harassment and rape, breaking years of silence about an issue that remains taboo and is often swept under the rug in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 8/26/20

Reyhaneh Mobini breaks Iran's long jump record after 45 years

Reyhaneh Mobini set a new record in the Iran's running long jump in Tehran Grand Prix on Monday. Mobini leapt 6.17 meters and bettered the record by three centimeters, set by Touran Shadpour in 1974 Asian Games. 8/25/20

The Iranian immigrant who conquered online video tech

Shahrzad Rafati was only 13 when she decided she would one day build a global business. She also knew that she wouldn't be able to achieve her dream if she stayed in her native Iran. So at the age of 17 her drive and confidence managed to persuade her parents to let her move by herself to Vancouver to go to university. Today the 40-year-old continues to run BBTV, a company that helps firms around the world secure advertising revenues from videos on YouTube, Facebook and other websites and apps. -Andreane Williams, BBC 8/24/20

Ava review - smart teenage thriller amps up the micro-tyrannies

This debut feature by the Iranian-Canadian director Sadaf Foroughi takes what might otherwise be a banal family-drama trope - moody teenage girl with warring parents starts acting out - and turns it into something resembling a political thriller. In present-day Iran, and many other strict societies, a teenage girl who presumes to challenge her parents and teachers is made to feel like a dissident in a police state, forever nursing secrets, forever being questioned and harassed by the authorities... -Guardian 8/19/20

Challenges and opportunities confronting female-headed households in Iran: a qualitative study

Female-headed households are one of the most vulnerable groups of society that confront many problems and challenges. Therefore, the present study aimed to explore the challenges and opportunities confronting female-headed households in Iran. -Javad Yoosefi Lebni, et al, BMC Women's Health 8/18/20

Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer begins hunger strike

A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has begun a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Thursday. Reza Khandan told The Associated Press his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh began the strike Tuesday and he feared it would exacerbate her chronic gastrointestinal and foot problems. -AP 8/13/20

Iranian Actress Mahchehreh Khalili dies at 44

Actress Mahchehreh Khalili, who is most famous for her roles in the series and movies such as "The Rise of Mokhtar" and "Mask" died from cancer on Friday, August 7. Khalili was born in Tehran in 1977 and had a degree in architecture from Oxford University. She had completed courses at Method Acting college, a school in London that provides acting classes and lessons. 8/11/20

Iran-born actor Sahel Rosa on the hardship and help she had growing up in Japan: interview

There are many examples of children of foreign nationalities falling by the wayside in Japan, after arriving unable to speak the language and then struggling to fit in at school or in society. But Sahel Rosa, 34, came to Japan from the chaotic aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, and went on to become an actor and TV personality. -Mainichi Japan 8/11/20

Iranian-American painter Behnaz Sohrabian showing her work this month at Edmond Fine Arts Institute

Behnaz Sohrabian's goal is to communicate with people through her paintings. "I think I want to say something through these compositions, through these lines and visual elements. Even when I choose the title, I try to choose a good title that is a match or suitable for the painting, for the composition, for the concept," she said in a spring interview. -Oklahoman 8/6/20

Prosecutor Denies Ban On Women's Cycling In Iranian City

The prosecutor in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi has denied that women in the provincial capital, Mashhad, have been banned from cycling. Prosecutor Mohammad Hossein Doroody was quoted on August 5 by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying that the judiciary had not issued any ban in this regard. -RFE/RL 8/6/20

'Sunless Shadows' Review: A Harsh Look at Iranian Women in Prison

Mehrdad Oskouei's documentary brings empathy to a tough subject: women and girls convicted of murdering male family members. -Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times 8/5/20

First Person: Turning 'apathetic people into climate activists'; a young person's view

An 18-year-old environmental campaigner from the United States has told UN News how she wants to "turn apathetic people into climate activists". Sophia Kianni, whose family originally comes from Iran, is one of seven young people from across the world who have been selected to participate in the UN Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. The group which was launched at the end of the July aims to engage young people in "an open and transparent dialogue" about climate issues. -UN News 8/4/20

Iran women's podcast gives voice to victims of abuse

Maryam's voice trembles as she tells what happened when her husband attacked her in public. "People's reaction was like it was normal to see a man beating his wife. There's no law, there are no safe houses, and even the police can't do much. Some families also act like they're so modern and they say, 'Oh it's a private matter'." Her story is a rarely heard one in her home country of Iran, but since the creation of a new podcast, many more women like her are coming forward to share unflinching accounts of their experience of domestic violence. -BBC 8/4/20

Iranian and Turkish women join black-and-white Instagram challenge

Iranian Instagram feeds have been overrun with black-and-white photos of women joining an international online campaign against gender-based violence, using the hashtags #WomenSupportWomen and #ChallengeAccepted. The campaign follows an outcry against a number of high-profile "honor killings" in Iran over the last two months. -ABC News 7/31/20

Iran's Judiciary Has Blocked Prominent Jailed Lawyer's Bank Account, Husband Says

Iran's judiciary has blocked the bank account of prominent imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in a move aimed at adding pressure on her and her family. Sotoudeh, the co-winner of the European Parliament's 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, was sentenced last year to 38 years in prison over her defense of political prisoners 7/29/20

Sadaf Khadem: 'The problem is boxing, not the hijab - in Iran they say men only'

The 25-year-old is forging a growing reputation in France and dreams of Olympic gold but laments her exile from Iran, where the idea of a woman boxing is frowned upon. Sadaf Khadem came from the mountains and underground gyms of Tehran to Royan, a seaside town in south-west France, so that she could have the freedom to fight. She came alone. In the salty air of Royan, she respectfully replaced the hijab with a blue headguard and gumshield. Khadem had already pulled on a vest and shorts and boxing boots. -Donald McRae, Guardian 7/22/20

Yara Shahidi Has Been Preparing For This Moment Since Birth

"A lot of the work that I'm hoping to do is about pointing people toward the organizers and the people on the front lines of this (Black Lives Matter) movement." -Kaitlyn Greenidge, Elle 7/16/20

50 Inspiring Iranian Women, a book beautifully illustrated by Roshi Rouzbehani

Within just 12 hours of launching her Kickstarter campaign to bring her book to life celebrating 50 remarkable Iranian women, London-based illustrator Roshi Rouzbehani more than reached her target. The illustrated biography pays tribute to Iranian women who have played significant roles in art, science, sport, education and philanthropy. -Katy Cowan, Creative Boom 7/15/20

Documentary "Lift-up" to chronicle life story of Iran's history-making woman weightlifter

Iranian filmmaker Reza Surani is making the documentary "Lift-up" about the life story of Pupak Basami, who is the first woman from post-revolution Iran to compete in an international weightlifting tournament. Basami wrote her name into the history books as the first Iranian woman who participated in the Asian Weightlifting Championships in April 2019. 7/14/20

Stuckeman School graduate student awarded Scientific Merit Award

Nastaran Tebyanian, a Penn State Stuckeman School doctoral candidate in architecture with a focus on landscape architecture, recently won a Scientific Merit Award from the Journal of Digital Architecture for her article titled "Application of Machine Learning for Urban Landscape Design: A Primer for Landscape Architects." -Pennsylvania State University 7/14/20

Iranian Woman Turns Farmland into Doll Exhibition

An Iranian woman has turned her farmland into an exhibition of dolls she makes for fun at the sixth decade of her life. Khadijeh Abbasi, who lives alone in a village in Ardakan in Iran's central Yazd province, has been making creative dolls, a work that is astonishing and unbelievable. -IFP 7/10/20

An Iranian gamer's battle against sanctions and sexism

27-year-old "Mia" says her all-time favorite game is 'The Last of Us.' She likes to cosplay as "Ellie," the young protagonist of the video game, and even knows how to play the game's theme music on the guitar. A video of Mia playing the song has generated more than fifty thousand views on YouTube. -Sheida Hooshmandi, Atlantic Council 7/8/20

'Break this taboo': Religious singer Koveitipour's duet with young girl shocks Iran

A well-known religious singer has caused controversy in Iran by releasing a recording of a duet with a 13-year-old girl, which has gone viral on social media. The song, which was first released by Gholam Koveitipour during the Iran-Iraq war, was reprised by Koveitipour and a girl, known as Parichehr, recording their lines separately. -Rohollah Faghihi, Middle East Eye 7/6/20

Being brown in America: Stories of exile, identity and belonging

Written over a period of more than 10 years, Porochista Khakpour's collection of essays, Brown Album, is a reckoning with what it means to be an Iranian in America today. An acclaimed novelist, Porochista Khakpour launched onto the literary scene with her novels Sons and Other Flammable Objects (2007) and The Last Illusion (2014). -Iman Sultan, Middle East Eye 7/2/20

The art of discomfort: Sogand Tabatabaei doesn't push the anxiety under the carpet

Sogand Tabatabaei, a young artist and a Master of Fine Arts student at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been living all by herself during the entire lockdown, away from her husband and parents, who are in Iran. During this period, she has created art that reflects some of the anxieties and uncertainties she has been feeling. 7/2/20

Iran upholds five-year jail sentence for French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah

Adelkhah's sentence, passed in May over "security charges including conspiring against national security", was upheld by the appeals court and "she is going to serve five years" including time served since her arrest, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told a televised news conference. -France24 7/1/20

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