Bahman 5 1401 - January 25 2023
Iran coach Irandoost looks for AFC Women's Asian Cup knockout stage

Iran's women's football team head coach Maryam Irandoost says that they want to book a place at the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup knockout stage. Iran are in Group A along with India, China and Chinese Taipei. -Tehran Times 12/28/21

See Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani in the Sixieme sens par Cartier high jewellery collection

Iranian actress, singer and musician Golshifteh Farahani embodies beauty and talent. Nothing draws out her mystique as well as the sensational Sixieme sens par Cartier high jewellery collection. -Prestige 12/23/21

Iran passed restrictions on contraception and abortion. Will that distract protesters from the economy?

While the United States is focused on the question of abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, another conversation on women's reproductive rights is taking place across the globe in Iran. Last month, the Iranian government announced new laws further limiting abortions and restricting access to contraception. But, as in the United States, this is not the first time we have seen a government flexing its muscles by attempting to control women's bodies. -Pardis Mahdavi, Washington Post 12/21/21

Iranian motorbike racer cares for 150 crippled, stray dogs

With a passion to help animals, an Iranian motorbike racer and film actress has established a shelter for 150 handicapped stray dogs. Maryam Talaie, who is the winner of a women's motorcycle race two years ago and starred in numerous movies, rented a space in the Shahriar town, some 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the capital Tehran, and established a shelter for disabled, blind, or abandoned stray dogs, which she has been caring for over the past seven years. -Yeni Safak 12/17/21

From Tehran to Montreal: Composer Sheida Gharachedaghi turned 80

She established the Music Department at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Tehran. Numerous celebrated Persian musicians of today were among her pupils in the 1970s. Gharachedaghi is the first Persian woman who has composed an opera. -Pejman Akbarzadeh 12/17/21

Iranian-American Negar Salehi, MD

Negar Salehi, MD, is an interventional cardiology fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Originally from Iran, she attended medical school and trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Shahid Beheshti and Iran University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, before coming to the US to repeat her training with the goal of furthering her career. -tctMD 12/17/21

Maryam Esfandi awarded first Grand Prize of Iran Contemporary Painting

Maryam Esfandi has been selected as the winner of the Grand Prize of Iran Contemporary Painting in the first edition. She received the prize, which has been launched by the Association of Iranian Painters, during a ceremony held at the Iranian Artists Forum on December 10. 12/15/21

Final Whistle screening at UCLA with director Niki Karimi

Best known for her striking on screen performances in films by Iranian auteurs such as Dariush Mehrjoui, Tahmineh Milani and Abbas Kiarostami, Niki Karimi established herself as a filmmaker in her right when her directorial debut, One Night, premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2005. 12/15/21

Iranian women at risk as execution numbers rise

More than a dozen women have been executed this year in Iran, activists say, raising concern over a rigid judicial system that automatically seeks capital punishment for a killing without taking into account the circumstances. ADVERTISING Most of the women executed in Iran in recent years have been hanged for murder, the majority of cases over the killings of a husband or partner, rights activists say. -AFP 12/15/21

Hoda Katebi on Iranian Culture, Fast Fashion & Her Manufacturing Co-operative Blue Tin Production

During a talk for the Chicago Public Library in late 2020, Hoda Katebi told her audience that the fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to pollution on Earth, second only to the U.S. Military. The Iranian-American writer, community organizer, and educator is setting the scene for what led her, someone with no background in fashion, to start a clothing manufacturing co-op in Chicago. -Teen Vogue 12/9/21

Ex-IWF interim president Papandrea sends message to Iranian women weightlifters

Former International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) interim president Ursula Papandrea has sent an encouraging message to the Iranian women weightlifters. Four women weightlifters, namely Elnaz Bajelani (76kg), Elham Hosseini (81kg), Yekta Jamali (87kg) and Fatemeh Yousefi (+87kg) will represent Iran at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. -Tehran Times 12/8/21

Nazanin Boniadi Created a Dress That Symbolizes Freedom for Iranian Women

Nazanin Boniadi has long been driven by a desire to help others. She's equally known for her acting credits as she is for her activism. Boniadi is a U.K. ambassador for Amnesty International, a member of the think tank Council on Foreign Relations, and a former volunteer at the northern France refugee camp Care4Calais. Now, she's turning her attention to the fashion world with a new collaboration with a fellow Iranian American, designer Amir Taghi, on a dress and a shirt with a powerful message. -Vogue 12/8/21

Iran beaten by Norway in 2021 World Women's Handball

Iran lost to European champions Norway 41-9 in their second match in the 2021 World Women's Handball Championship Sunday night. Iran had started the campaign with a 39-11 loss against Romania in Group C. Iran goalkeeper Fatemeh Khalili Behfar was named Player of the Match due to her outstanding saves. -Tehran Times 12/6/21

Iran doubles down on abortion and contraception restrictions

Iranians long had degrees of access to free contraception at public health facilities, part of family planning policies aimed at limiting population growth. In recent years, policy shifts have whittled away such programs. The changes have culminated under a new law - meant to address an emergent demographic shift - which critics have decried as a major setback for women's and reproductive rights. -Miriam Berger, Washington Post 12/2/21

Peninsula Woman's Nonprofit Helps Battle Extreme Poverty In Bay Area, Around The Globe

This week's Jefferson Award Winner is a Peninsula woman helping to make a difference in the battle against extreme poverty in the Bay Area and around the globe. Real estate asset manager Delfarib Fanaie gets ready for her volunteers to pack hundreds of holiday food boxes for low-income families. -CBS, San Francisco 12/2/21

An Earthquake Has Broken Tehran, but She's Looking for a Different Fix

When Mahsa Mohebali's novel "In Case of Emergency" was first published in Iran in 2008, its antic portrait of a mind and a city on edge ruffled pious sensibilities. Written Farsi, like Arabic, is an ornate, almost courtly language, and the book's use of colloquial slang struck many critics as libertine and louche - certainly unliterary. -Negar Azimi, New York Times 12/1/21

Iranian women win three medals at World Taekwondo Women's Open

Iranian women taekwondo players claimed three medals at the first edition of the World Taekwondo Women's Open Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Zahra Sheidaei won a gold medal in the in the under-57kg final on Friday. She defeated Russia's Margarita Blizniakova in the golden point period. -Tehran Times 11/29/21

Body Double: The mysterious Safarani Sisters draw back the curtains at the Morris Museum

This exhibition features the work of identical twin Iranian artists Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani in their first solo museum exhibition, opening on November 12, 2021. As interdisciplinary artists and collaborators, their creative practice exists at the intersection of visual art, new media art, and performance. -Morristown Green 11/24/21

I was forced to marry an older man at 12-years-old. By 14, I was a mother. This is my story.

'The Heartbeat of Iran' is a new book by award-winning journalist Tara Kangarlou. It features a collection of 24 stories of everyday Iranians living inside their homeland - from the story of a transgender woman in Tehran, to the country's first female race car driver, or a blind environmental activist in the country's poorest state of Sistan and Baluchestan. Here, Tara shares the story of Mina Khanoom, who was forced into child marriage within the rural and conservative communities of Iran - a practice that exists to this day. -Glamour 11/22/21

'Hero girl': Tehran puts up huge posters hailing Iranian women's goalkeeper

Iran has put up huge posters across the capital Tehran hailing the goalkeeper of the Iranian women's football team as a 'heroic girl' after the Jordanian FA accused her of being a man. Zohreh Koudaei, 32, saved two penalties in a 4-2 shoot-out victory over Jordan in Uzbekistan on September 25, meaning the Iranian women's team qualified for its first ever Women's Asia Cup. 11/22/21

5 Women at the Forefront of Next-Gen Innovation

Iranian-American landscape designer Nahal Sohbati is building something beautiful using technology. After earning her interior design degree in Dubai, she left the Middle East, a place famous for its spectacular natural landscapes and impressive architecture, to experience what the U.S.-specifically Santa Barbara, California-had to offer a young landscape designer. -Architectural Digest 11/19/21

'It's My Decision': Iran's New Population Law Blasted For Restricting Access To Contraceptives, Abortions

Gouya, a 43-year-old woman in Iran, decided that she will not have children. But her right to choose is now being threatened by the state. Authorities have approved new legislation that imposes further restrictions on abortions, bans the free distribution of contraceptives by the public health-care system, and provides added state benefits to families with more children. -Golnaz Esfandiari & Elahe Ravanshad, RFE 11/19/21

"White Torture": Why We Must Oppose Solitary Confinement

Narges Mohammadi, vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran, has been held in solitary confinement on and off from 1998 and 2020 for her human rights advocacy. On Tuesday night, Mohammadi was arrested by Iranian security forces during a ceremony honoring a victim of Iran's deadly response to November 2019 protests. She was taken to the notorious Evin prison. -Ms. Magazine 11/18/21

UN experts call on Iran to repeal 'anti-abortion' population law

Leading United Nations experts have called on Iran to repeal a newly implemented law that they say violates women's human rights under international law. The Youthful Population and Protection of the Family law came into effect on Monday in an effort to encourage higher childbirth rates as Iran faces a looming crisis due to its ageing population. Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei has long supported the idea of increasing Iran's current population of about 85 million by tens of millions over the coming decades. -Al Jazeera 11/17/21

Photos: Hiro Sheikholeslami Painting Exhibition at Art Center Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by Hiro Sheikholeslami is currently underway at Art Center Gallery in Tehran. The exhibit named "Song of Zarvan" will run until November 23. -Honar Online 11/17/21

Guerilla Opera to perform works by Iranian women composers at the Museum of Science

For one night only, the Guerillas of Boston present "FRACTURED" at the Museum of Science, a collection of two exhibition performances composed by Iranian women that focus on fractured experiences. "Distorted Attitudes III/ Scattered," written and composed by Anahita Abassi, is performed by baritone Brian Church and percussionist Mike Williams. The world premiere of "SALT: A woman at the edge" is composed by Bahar Royai with libretto, or text, by Deniz Khateri. -Boston Globe 11/17/21

Jordan triggers outrage after accusing Iranian female footballer of being a man

An Iranian female footballer is receiving widespread support on social media after her gender was questioned by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Hussein. The Jordan Football Association (JFA), which is headed by Hussein, penned a letter to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 5 November after they lost 4-2 on penalties to the Islamic Republic in a women's Asia Cup qualifier on 25 September. -MEE 11/17/21

The women of Iran's underground metal scene

Iran might seem an unlikely hotbed of heavy metal music, especially as western pop has been officially banned there since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Yet despite the risk of floggings and long jail terms, the genre continues to thrive in secret underground venues. -BBC 11/16/21

Amman Club beat Shahrdari Sirjan to lift title

Jordan's Amman Club defeated Islamic Republic of Iran's Shahrdari Sirjan 2-1 to win the AFC Women's Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium, Jordan on Saturday. -AFC 11/15/21

Chatrenoor targeting more success with Shahrdari Sirjan

Afsaneh Chatrenoor is happy with her team's progress after her goal steered Shahrdari Sirjan to a 1-0 win over India's Sree Gokulam Kerala FC in the AFC Women's Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium, Jordan on Wednesday. -AFC 11/12/21

'I Had No Idea What Was To Come': Iran's Former Empress Opens Up About Prerevolutionary Memoir

Former empress Farah Pahlavi first published her memoirs two years before the events of 1979 collapsed her world, deposing her husband, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and bringing an end to Iran's monarchy. Pahlavi was 38 when she penned her accounts of her charmed life as a queen, known to Iranians as Shahbanou, to whom the idea of an Islamic revolution and indefinite exile was unthinkable. -Golnaz Esfandiari & Hossein Ghavimi, RFE 11/12/21

Iranian Pop and Rock Show at Oud Festival was nostalgic

Maureen Nehedar is taking a trip down dear old Memory Lane and taking us along for the associated musical ride. Over the past couple of decades, forty-something Nehedar has cemented her place as one of the country's foremost exponents of Persian classical music and while she has been at it, a sprinkling of other extracurricular projects. Nehedar is part of this year's Jerusalem International Oud Festival -Jerusalem Post 11/12/21

HUB-Robeson Galleries 'Altar' exhibit provides familiarity for Penn State's Middle Eastern community

As an Iranian artist, Kiana Honarmand said her exhibit "Altar" is meant to acknowledge the Iranian and Middle Eastern communities at Penn State. The exhibit is on display at the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State now through Jan. 30. It's located on the same floor as the HUB Galleries, across from the restroom area. -Daily Collegian 11/11/21

Immigrant Women Take Center Stage in New Book on American Food Culture

In his new book, Taste Makers, writer Mayukh Sen gives credit where credit is due. By profiling seven immigrant women chefs, he depicts their genuine struggles and contributions to what we know today as the American "melting pot." One of these women is Chef Najmieh Batmanglij, who has been cooking and writing Iranian recipes for 40 years, through exile in France during the Iranian Revolution and eventual emigration to America. We talked to Batmanglij and Sen about the book and the importance of food as a cultural connector. -Thrilist 11/10/21

Iran: Population Law Violates Women's Rights

Iran's new population law further violates women's rights to sexual and reproductive health and puts women's health and lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should immediately repeal the provisions that restrict human rights. On November 1, 2021, Iran's Guardian Council approved the "rejuvenation of the population and support of family" bill, which outlaws sterilization and free distribution of contraceptives in the public health care system unless a pregnancy threatens a woman's health. -HRW 11/10/21

"Mother of Iran's environment" Mahlaqa Mallah dies at 104

Mahlaqa Mallah, known as the "mother of Iran's environment" for dedicating her life to protecting the environment, passed away at the age of 104 on Monday. After studying philosophy, social sciences, and sociology at the University of Tehran, Mallah was awarded an MA in Social Sciences in 1958. In 1966, she moved to Paris to study for a Ph.D. at the University of the Sorbonne, which she graduated from in 1968. During her time in Paris, she also studied librarianship at the National Library of France. 11/9/21

A Conversation with 'The Doll' Filmmaker Elahe Esmaili

There's the initial temptation, particularly upon first glance from a Western viewer's perspective, to view Iranian filmmaker Elahe Esmaili's latest film The Doll as an indictment of the seemingly patriarchal implications of certain Islamic cultural traditions. But The Doll doesn't serve a neatly wrapped up delineation of child marriage and women's issues against a backdrop of systemic oppression and patriarchy. Instead, Esmaili's film offers a nuanced and complex portrayal of a family caught between tradition, personal beliefs, and circumstance-and, frankly, it's all the better for it. -Nerd Daily 11/8/21

Miss Earth 2021 welcomes its first candidate from Iran

Despite its virtual set-up for the second straight year, the Miss Earth pageant has managed to draw 88 global beauties in its roster this year. This includes the first candidate from Iran in its 21-year pageant history. Hami Zaker, 27, made her first impact at the pageant's eco-video preliminary competition where she introduced herself as a veterinarian and advocate of water and food security amid drought in her country. -ABS-CBN News 11/5/21

For the Women of Afghanistan, the War Isn't Over

I know, I know. It's the last thing you want to hear about. Twenty years of American carnage in Afghanistan was plenty for you, I'm sure, and there are so many other things to worry about in an America at the edge of... well, who knows what? But for me, it's different. I went to Afghanistan in 2002, already angry about this country's misbegotten war on that poor land, to offer what help I could to Afghan women. -Ann Jones, Nation 11/5/21

Iranian woman Soraya Motaharnia nominated for Global Teacher Prize 2021

Soraya Motaharnia, an Iranian teacher, has been placed among the top 10 nominees for the Global Teacher Prize 2021. Motaharnia, an outstanding teacher of mathematics, Persian language, art, science, and theology, has been praised in Iran for helping the most vulnerable students in rural parts of the country. She helps students in need of medical treatment and multiple special surgeries and provides financial assistance to hundreds of poor students. 11/4/21

Rosha Yaghmai: 'Drifters' at MCASB

Drifters, Rosha Yaghmai's new solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), divides rather than cuts the MCASB gallery space. The curved white wall of the installation that Yaghmai has designed partitions MCASB's main area in two, choreographing the act of crossing the square room into something out of Pina Bausch - an unscripted Cafe Muller. Titled "Afterimages," these works blur classic illustrations of the epic Persian poem Shahnameh. -Halim Madi, Santa Barbara Independent 11/4/21

Persian Leopard Project Wins The Platinum Impact Award From The International Association of Facilitators

The Persian leopard project has been chosen as the winner of the International Facilitation Impact Award (FIA), Arezoo Sane'ei, head of the Persian Leopard Research center, has said. The Persian leopard project from Iran was introduced as the winner of the first level award (Platinum) in terms of the effectiveness of executive methods in terms of quantity and quality and innovation in planning and designing actions with the appropriate benefit of the group process facilitation approach, according to Sane'ei. 11/2/21

Shake Makarian: Opera, Piano and Ikebana in Iran

Lyrical soprano and pianist Shake Makarian (born in 1931 in Kerman, Iran) occupies a place in the history of Iranian opera and classical music. She is the daughter of Araks Makarian (1907-2010), an active figure in the Iranian-Armenian community and the first professional make-up artist in Iran. -Mirror Spectator 11/1/21

Prominent Iranian painter "Iran Darroudi" passes away aged 85

Iranian veteran painter, director, writer, art critic, and university professor, Iran Darroudi passed away at the age of 85 in Tehran on Friday morning. The Iranian veteran painter Iran Darroudi died of cardiac arrest on Friday morning at the age of 85. 10/29/21

Iranian Parliament May Decide Soon On Allowing Women Into Soccer Stadiums

The Iranian Parliament is set to decide soon on whether women should be allowed into soccer stadiums, a move pushed hard in recent years by FIFA, the world governing body for the sport. Women have been banned from attending soccer matches in stadiums for four decades in the conservative Muslim nation. 10/29/21

My Name Is Inanna examines Iranian history through one woman's narrative

In the opening moments of Ezzat Goushegir's My Name is Inanna, a clock marks the passing seconds, each tick as heavy as an anvil striking a penny nail. A woman with bound hands sits listening, clearly anguished and afraid. The woman is Inanna (Maryam Abdi), both the Mesopotamian Queen of Heaven and Goddess and an imprisoned, contemporary activist trying not to succumb to despair. -Chicago Reader 10/28/21

Parvin Bahmani, Qashqai vocalist known as mother of Iranian lullabies, dies at 72

Qashqai music vocalist Parvin Bahmani, who was considered the mother of Iranian lullabies, died at Tehran's Sajjad Hospital on Thursday. She was 72. She was suffering from serious lung and heart problems, Persian news websites announced. 10/25/21

Iranian women journalists, imprisoned journalist's mother jailed arbitrarily

Two women freelance journalists and a jailed photojournalist's mother have been ordered to begin serving prison sentences in the past month in Iran. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the systematic use of imprisonment to harass all those associated with the provision of independent news and information, including women. -RSF 10/25/21

Iran: The painful choices of being pregnant and unmarried

"I had to get rid of our unborn baby. It was the toughest decision of my entire life," says Mitra, a 27-year-old interior designer living in Tehran with her partner. Mitra and Mohsen, a 32-year-old doctor, moved in together under an arrangement known as a "white marriage" - a form of cohabitation between a man and a woman which, like sex before marriage, is illegal under Iran's strict Islamic laws. -BBC 10/25/21

Odile Burluraux on Iranian Women Artists

This year, with ASIA NOW (21-24 October 2021) featuring galleries from Iran for the first time, Burluraux has curated a special programme of video works by ten women artists from Iran (Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabad, Samira Eskandarfar, Parisa Ghaderi, Elika Hedayat, Anahita Hekmat, Shiva Khosravi, Tahmineh Monzavi, Melika Shafahi, Rojin Shafiei, and Sanaz Sohrabi). Entitled Burning Wings, it examines the artists' approaches to subjects of identity, migration, and female subjectivities, as well as history and power structures through the medium of film. -Ocula 10/22/21

In Photos: Iran's Art Group Present 'Sama' Dance, a Sufi Performance

Khishtan art group perform the Sama dance, or a Sufi dance, at a theater hall in downtown Tehran, Iran. -News18 10/22/21

Iran women's ice hockey team defeat Russia in Dubai tournament

Iranian women's ice hockey team passed Russia in their second match in the UAE tournament. The Iranian national women's ice hockey team won against the powerful Russian team in their second match on Tuesday. 10/20/21

Sheila Nezhad's run for Minneapolis mayor focuses on transforming public safety and making the city more democratic.

It was a cool September afternoon on the patio at Caspian Bistro. Sheila Nezhad was placing her order to the owner when she told him: "I'm running for mayor, you know." They had known each other since Nezhad was a baby. She's the daughter of an Iranian immigrant father and an Anishinaabe-Scandinavian mother and would make the trip from their home in Fargo for authentic Persian ingredients. -JD Duggan, Sahan Journal 10/20/21

Illustrated Book Profiles 15 Trailblazing Women with Roots in Iran

This gorgeous book by Yasmine Mahdavi introduces readers (ages 12+) to fifteen incredible women with Roots in Iran. In their biographies, readers will find athletes and artists, scientists and activists, astronauts and authors whose struggles are universal. Yet they persevered. Roots in Iran celebrates the achievements of transformative pioneers whose vision of who they wanted to become will surprise and inspire readers of all ages. 10/15/21

Shirin Gallery displays Works by Roxana Fazeli

A collection of works by Roxana Fazeli on view at Shirin Gallery in Tehran. The exhibit named "21ST CENTURY MYTHS" will run until October 19. -Honar Online 10/14/21

Director Tina Gharavi on Biopic 'Forough' About Feminist Poet Who 'Set Iran on Fire'

BAFTA-nominated director Tina Gharavi ("I Am Nasrine") is heading to Rome's MIA market this week with her timely biopic "Forough: A Lonely Woman," the story of iconoclastic Persian poet Forough Farrokhzad who "set Iran on fire" during her short and controversial life. The film follows the feminist icon who in the 1950s and '60s found a way to tell her story in an Iranian society not yet ready for the uncomfortable truths of female desire and ambition. -Christopher Vourlias, Variety 10/13/21

Iran's women football fans snubbed in closed-door S Korea match

Iranian sport officials have contradicted each other on why spectators were banned during a crucial match in Tehran. When the football federation announced two days before the Iran, South Korea football match that spectators would not be allowed in, it prompted a social media response from people who said the move may have been aimed at preventing women from entering the stadium. -Al Jazeera 10/13/21

Iranian woman Jamali makes history in Youth World Weightlifting Championships

Yekta Jamali of Iran made history in the 2021 Youth World Weightlifting Championships by winning a silver medal in the -81kg weight category in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It's Iran's first silver medal in the women's weightlifting in history. -Tehran Times 10/12/21

Women Handball: Norway will face Iran at the World Cup

When the Norwegian handball players fight for gold at the World Cup in Spain in December, they have to face an unprecedented opponent. In the second game they meet a completely covered Iranian national team. And the Norwegian handball girls know very little about their future opponent. 10/12/21

Prostitution in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Open-minded, loving... and desperate

How did the Islamic revolutionaries deal with prostitution and sex workers in Iran, and how does the business of sex work in Iran today? Have supply and demand changed four decades after the ayatollahs came to power? -Nasrin Bassiri, Qantara 10/8/21

Iranian Authorities Surveil Her Every Move. Yet This Tehran Based Director Agreed to Talk to Us

The Iranian authorities have been persecuting Mahnaz Mohammadi for 14 years. She fights for women's rights, makes films that expose the oppression of Iranian women, presents her films at international festivals, and isn't afraid to tell the world what outrages her in Iran. But every few years the authorities lose patience and decide that Mohammadi has gone too far. -Nirit Anderman, Israel's Haaretz 10/7/21

Iranian-born scientist sues University of Alabama at Birmingham for discrimination

An Iranian-born research scientist alleges that a former University of Alabama at Birmingham co-worker harassed her for nine years because of her ethnicity and even threatened her with a pistol but that the school failed to stop the abuse even after she repeatedly complained. "Our country does not need your kind," Fariba Moeinpour says she was told. -Corky Siemaszko, NBC News 10/6/21

These Women Are Reclaiming a Male-Dominated National Sport in Iran

With quiet and unflinching concentration, she sways the heavy iron bow from side to side. The rhythmic and unyielding movement of her arms is controlled yet powerful. Magnetic, even. The bow's dangling coins unleash a euphoric symphony of chiming sounds just to keep up with her. Rayeheh Mozafariyan is an athlete and activist who practices Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh, a 2000-year-old Iranian sport originally practised by warriors. -VICE 10/5/21

Weightlifting: Iran's women outnumber men at Youth World Championships

Iran is breaking new ground by sending more women than men to the championships, eight compared to six. Iran's Islamic rulers did not allow women to compete in the sport until 2018 but the National Federation's female development programme has already had a notable success. -Inside The Games 10/5/21

Meet Iranian-Canadian Art Curator Vida Heydari Who Found Her Niche In Pune

In December last year, one of Pune's biggest art spaces was launched in Koregaon Park - Vida Heydari Contemporary (VHC). It is a gigantic space sprawling across 3,000 square feet and looks like something of high international standard. Vida Heydari, the founder of this gallery is an Iranian-Canadian art curator and gallerist, who has been working in the art industry for almost 15 years. -Femina 10/4/21

Sheila for Mayor of Minneapolis

My name is Sheila June Nezhad. I'm grateful to my parents for giving me an early start on a life of cross-cultural movement building. My parents chose my first and middle names "Sheila June" to be both Persian (my dad) and American (my Anishinaabe-Swedish-Norwegian mom). And my last name, Nezhad roughly translates to "the people." 9/30/21

National Theatre Conference Honors Sanaz Toossi

The National Theatre Conference (NTC) has announced Sanaz Toossi as the winner of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award in recognition of her play Wish You Were Here, unanimously selected by NTC's Stavis committee. Besides the award, Toossi will be granted an honorarium of $2,000 during NTC's annual meeting in December 2021. -American Theatre 9/30/21

Iranian Singer Googoosh Raises Her Voice To Keep Her Nation's Culture Alive

Singer Googoosh has been called "The Voice of Iran," but in 1979 her voice was silenced by the Islamic Revolution. This year, she's celebrating 21 years since she broke that silence, with a new album and a tour of North America that stops next in Washington, DC, on Oct. 2. Interviewed in California a few days before the start of her tour, she says there's one reason she wants to continue singing in Farsi for the young generation: "Because I love my country." -NPR 9/30/21

Afghan women barred from teaching or attending Kabul University

Women will no longer be allowed to attend classes or work at Kabul University "until an Islamic environment is created," the school's new Taliban-appointed chancellor announced Monday, in the latest move excluding Afghanistan's women from public life. "As long as real Islamic environment is not provided for all, women will not be allowed to come to universities or work. Islam first," Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat said on his official Twitter account. -CNN 9/28/21

Iran finish fourth in 2021 Asian Women's Handball C'ship

Iran lost to Kazakhstan 38-33 in the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship third-place match on Saturday. The Iranian team have already booked their place at the 2021 World Women's Handball Championship in Spain as one of the top six Asian teams. -Tehran Times 9/27/21

Kalantari-Johnson to kick off supervisor campaign

The councilmember believes that she will be able to provide a unique perspective to finding a way to create the equity the city and county are looking for. As a woman, and an Iranian immigrant, Kalantari-Johnson has the first-hand experience to look through the lens of more marginalized communities. -Santa Cruz Sentinel 9/27/21

CHAII is a multifaceted artist on the rise

The Persian-NZ performer, writer, producer, audio engineer and director has made a name for herself thanks to her distinctive sound. CHAII's sound cleverly traverses a multitude of different genres and not only has her music been featured in campaigns for FIFA 2021, the Iphone 12+ and Fendi, she was also announced as the first ever New Zealand Spotify RADAR artist. A platform that has previously launched international stars like Lauv, Jorja Smith and King Princess. -1883 Magazine 9/24/21

Iran unable to advance to 2021 Asian Women's Handball C'ship final

Iran lost to powerhouse South Korea 46-21 on Thursday and failed to qualify for the final match of the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship. Iran will play Kazakhstan, who lost to Japan 38-24 in the same round, in the bronze medal match on Saturday. -Tehran Times 9/24/21

To help U.S. allies flee Afghanistan, these advocates turned to Iran

The female lawmakers were moving from house to house, trying to stay one step ahead of the Taliban fighters they feared were stalking former government officials since taking over Afghanistan last month. The militants controlled Kabul airport, threatening one escape route. At the borders, security was more relaxed, but most neighboring countries had declined to give visas to the women. And no help came from the United States, which had worked with at least one of the lawmakers... -Washington Post 9/24/21

'Iran was our Hogwarts': my childhood between Tehran and Essex

When I was 12, a bespectacled boy with a shock of thick hair and his forearm in plaster gave me the first Harry Potter book. We were at that age when gifts need little occasion, and this marked the last day of our first year of secondary school. It was 1999, and the book was unknown to me. I was mildly embarrassed by its childish watercolour cover, but I dutifully packed it in my satchel when, two days later, my family flew to Iran for our six-week summer holiday. -Arianne Shahvisi, Guardian 9/23/21

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