Aban 1 1400 - October 23 2021
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. -PR.com 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

WeHo Mayor Pro Tempore Breaks Ceilings and Blazes Trails for a New Generation of Progressive, Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ Leaders

Councilmember Sepi Shyne made history in November 2020 when she was elected to the West Hollywood City Council. She became the first out LGBTQ Iranian elected anywhere globally and locally became the first woman of color elected to West Hollywood's City Council. Her election also ushered in West Hollywood's first female-majority City Council. -Blunt Post 9/23/21

Women's handball's success can motivate Iranian girls: coach

Nashmin Shafeian, coach of Iran women's handball team, hopes that their qualification to the world championship will motivate the young girls interested in handball to follow their dreams with eagerness. Iranian women made history in the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship by advancing to the semifinals of the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship underway in Jordan. -Farrokh Hesabi, Tehran Times 9/23/21

Elnaz Rekabi: First Iranian woman to win a medal at IFSC World Championships

Elnaz Rekabi from Iran became the first woman in the country to win a medal at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Championships. Rekabi won the bronze medal at the Women's Combined. Austrian climber Jessica Pilz won the gold medal and the silver medal went to Slovenian Mia Krampl. 9/22/21

AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group G: IR Iran defeat Bangladesh to set up decider with Jordan

Iran are one victory away from qualifying for their first ever AFC Women's Asian Cup, after defeating Bangladesh 5-0 at Bunyodkor Stadium on Wednesday. The win brought Maryam Irandoost's side level with Jordan at the top of Group G, with the winners of Saturday's clash between the two sides to decide who advances to January's Finals in India. -AFC 9/22/21

LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER: Teaching activism in the shadow of 9/11 is a unique challenge.

Sept. 12, 2001 was the first day of my politicization. You see, before that I had no reason to be afraid. I was born in Iran and came to the United States when I was about 4 years old. I had been diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in the early 90s after waking up one morning and simply not being able to walk or barely even move at all. My mama brought me here with $11, and it was by the grace of God, and the help of our family and friends that we had made it so far with so little. -Shadi Seyedyousef, Inkstick 9/22/21

Empowering women in Iraq and Afghanistan: Is this the actual question?

At a time when the voices of American and British officials, and the official media in the West in general, are loudly denouncing the lack of support for Afghan women in the recently formed Taliban government, and the failure to allocate a percentage of political representation to them, in any other position, the absent Iraqi women live like their Afghan counterparts, in the shadow of the silence of the same parties. -Haifa Zangana, MEMO 9/22/21

Iranian women fear setbacks in hard-earned rights under Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi's pick for Iran's vice president for women and family affairs has raised eyebrows across the country, with many fearing the appointment of Ensiyeh Khazali is a harbinger of potential setbacks for women's rights under the hardline president. Khazali, the only female member of Raisi's cabinet and former dean of Iran's first women-only public university, has previously made controversial remarks in support of early marriage of girls and her objection to UNESCO's 2030 sustainable development agenda. -MEE 9/21/21

The Quietly Rebellious Art of Iranian Women and What We Can Learn From Them

A few weeks ago, I visited the Brooklyn studio of Iranian-born artist, Afruz Amighi. She works with a type of construction site netting which, in her hands, becomes a kind of diaphanous chainmail that casts the shadows of ancient Persian warriors, or illuminated carpet patterns that cast a modern story on the walls. Amighi and her family are part of the Iranian diaspora who left Iran after the Islamic revolution in 1979. And she is one of several extraordinary Persian women whose work is included in an exhibition opening this month at the Asia Society in New York. -Susanna Schrobsdorff, TIME 9/21/21

About the only job women can do for the Kabul government is clean female bathrooms, acting mayor says

Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, and only women whose jobs cannot be done by men are allowed to come to work -- the latest restrictions imposed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The order, announced by Kabul's acting Mayor Hamdullah Nohmani on Sunday, effectively means women are now barred from government work in the Afghan capital. -CNN 9/20/21

Photos: Pantea Bahrami Art Show at Tehran's Etemad Gallery

An exhibition of artworks by Pantea Bahrami is currently underway at Etemad Gallery. PanteA Bahrami is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker with a doctoral degree in Journalism from the University of Dortmund and the Institute of Theater, Film and Television, Cologne University, Germany. -Honar Online 9/17/21

Women at the height of their artistic powers present a powerful reckoning in SOUL Fury

From love, bitter becomes sweet ... From love, fire becomes light ... From love, fury becomes mercy. So wrote the Sufi poet Rumi 700 years ago. Curator Nur Shkembi has used Rumi's evocative words to frame her selection of art by 16 women artists who have cultural backgrounds in Islam as SOUL Fury, an exhibition running at Bendigo Art Gallery until October. -Alison Carroll, The Conversation 9/15/21

The 2022 Nasher Prize Laureate: Nairy Baghramian

Nairy Baghramian takes the creation and presentation of sculpture as her de facto subject yet makes works highlighting the poignant, contradictory, and sometimes humorous circumstances that can suffuse both the artistic process as well as everyday life. Over the past three decades, she has explored elements of sculptural practice and installation to create works that challenge their settings and upend expected modes of presentation as well as the architectural, sociological, political, and historical contexts that inform them. -Nasher 9/14/21

Review: Sound and shadow evoke Nasim Moghadam's Iranian roots, womxn's solidarity

Nasim Moghadam's exhibition I Sprout on my Wound at Oakland's Aggregate Space Gallery (through October 23) is a haunting, immersive experience that brings together the interdisciplinary artist's sculptural, photographic, sound, and video practices in a single installation of new work. -Tamara Suarez Porras, 48hills 9/10/21

Hoda Kashiha Paintings Exhibition at Tehran's Parallel Circuit Gallery

Hoda Kashiha is hanging her latest paintings in an exhibition at Parallel Circuit Gallery.The exhibit named "In appreciation of blinking" will be running until September 10 -Honar Online 9/8/21

Tehran Municipality honors inspirational women of century

The Municipality of Tehran, in appreciation of the inspirational women of the past century, has introduced their biographies in the "Famous Women of the Century" project. In March, Tehran Municipality with the cooperation of the parks and green space organization of Tehran symbolically planted 100 saplings, on National Tree Planting Day; each tree named after famous women of the century such as Khadijeh Saghafi, Marzieh Hadidchi, Tahereh Saffarzadeh, Turan Mirhadi, Simin Daneshvar, and Iran Darroudi. -Tehran Times 9/6/21

Filmmaker Shirin Neshat on the Parallels Between 'Land of Dreams' and Current Events in Afghanistan

The visual artist and director has long used her work to focus on her Iranian roots, but with her futuristic new drama, she takes a penetrating look at her adopted country - and is troubled by what she sees. -Hollywood Reporter 9/3/21

Iranian influencer passes China's goodwill on to Afghan kids

Arezou Shah Mohammadi, an Iranian blogger on China's social media, conveyed a "message of love" from China to a special group -- children of Afghan immigrants in Iran. In the southwestern district of Iran's capital Tehran, there is a compact school named Farhang, or culture in Persian, for Afghan children. -Express Tribune 9/3/21

Women stage protest in Taliban-controlled Kabul

A group of Afghan women activists staged a small protest in Taliban-controlled Kabul Friday calling for equal rights and full participation in political life, CNN has confirmed. In spite of the risk, a group called the Women's Political Participation Network marched on the street in front of Afghanistan's Finance Ministry, chanting slogans and holding signs demanding involvement in the Afghan government and calling for constitutional law. -cnn 9/3/21

Nemati wins women's individual recurve archery gold for third time at Tokyo 2020

Iran's Zahra Nemati won her third individual recurve gold medal at her third consecutive Games, with a 6-5 victory over Italian Vincenza Petrilli at the Yumenoshima Final Field at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics here. She became the third Iranian woman to win gold at Tokyo 2020, breaking the record for female Iranian gold medallists at a Paralympics. -Inside the Games 9/2/21

An unforgettable day for Iran's Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi

It was a day that Iranian Para athlete Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi had been dreaming about for years. The 35-year-old set an example for women in the country by clinching gold in the javelin F56 at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a World record throw of 24.50m. -Paralympic.org 9/1/21

Champion Javanmardi claims back-to-back title

The P2 women's event was a straightforward affair for Iran's Sareh Javanmardi as she backed up her gold from Rio 2016. Javanmardi took an early lead, and never looked back. "I dedicated everything to hard training, and 95 per cent of the time I dedicated to sport," the Iranian said of giving up family time to focus on shooting. -Paralympic.org 8/31/21

These women fled Afghanistan. What's at stake for those left behind?

In the past month, Naheed Esar has spent her days settling into a new life as a doctoral student in the leafy college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas. At night, when her family in Afghanistan is just waking up, she calls them. "We try to calm one another," she says. "But it starts with: Are you alive? Where is this person, where is that person?" She doesn't get much sleep. -Nina Strochlic, National Geographic 8/31/21

Design Theory: How Mona Assemi Became One of Beyonce's Go-to Jewelry Designers

Mona Assemi has experienced a recent surge of interest in her brand thanks to many high-profile celebrities - including Beyoncé and Serena Williams - wearing her sculptural jewelry pieces. But she's been a fixture in the industry for the last 15 years. 8/27/21

Media Suddenly Cares About Afghan Women Again After US Departure

Media outlets are proving once again that Afghan women's rights are only of interest to them when they can be used to prop up imperialism and the military industrial complex. Just as US corporate news media "discovered" Afghan women's rights only when the US was angling for invasion, their since-forgotten interest returned with a vengeance as US troops exited the country. -Julie Hollar, Common Dreams 8/25/21

Iran Reports Increase In Child Marriages

Iranian officials have reported an increase in the overall number of child marriages last year compared to 2019. According to the Statistics Center of Iran, the marriage rate of girls aged 10-14 last year increased by 10.5 percent compared to 2019. It says 31,379 girls in that age bracket were married in 2020 compared to 28,373 cases the previous year. 8/23/21

Israeli-Iranian musician Liraz took time to discover her roots; she performs Sunday at Music Haven

She brought together musicians from conflicting countries Iran and Israel to work on an album in secret and release it in the midst of a global pandemic. Called "Zan," Persian for women, the album is a long-held dream for Charhi, fusing her Israeli roots and Iranian upbringing and paying tribute to the women of Iran. She's set to perform Sunday in Schenectady on the Music Haven Stage in Central Park.- Indiana Nash, Daily Gazette 8/19/21

Afghan women and girls fear for their futures after Taliban victory

With the Taliban's declaration of victory in Afghanistan, Afghan women and girls face an uncertain future and stand to lose hard-won rights to education, employment and everyday freedoms. Why it matters: Afghan women and girls described fear and a forced end to their lifelong ambitions. -Axios 8/17/21

Iran: British Council worker Aras Amiri reportedly acquitted

Aras Amiri, a British Council employee detained in Iran, has been acquitted by the country's supreme court, according to her lawyer. Hojjat Kermani told Emtedad News on Sunday that his client had been acquitted after a request for a retrial had rendered verdicts issued against her to be "illegal". -MEE 8/17/21

While German gymnasts are praised, Muslim women are scorned for modest dress

As a Muslim woman and feminist, I am both happy and puzzled by the generous outpouring of support for the German women's gymnastics team at the Olympics. Rather than the usual uniform of bikini-cut leotards, they opted for full-body leotards, which cover their legs and ankles. The team spoke confidently of spearheading gender reform in athletics globally, as women athletes assert control in decisions relating to their bodies and attire. -Shabana Mir, MEE 8/13/21

50 Over 50: How This Iranian Immigrant's Vision Could Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

Forty-seven years later, Helen Sabzevari is CEO of Precigen, a biopharmaceutical company developing cutting edge treatments for a number of different diseases, including type 1 diabetes and certain forms of cancer. It's here that Sabzevari, 59, is bringing her lifetime of experience in cancer research to realize a vision of immunotherapies that are both more effective and easier to scale than what's on the market now. -Forbes 8/12/21

Iranian woman climber Jafari killed in Kyrgyzstan

Iranian woman climber Mehri Jafari was killed at the Peak Pobeda in Kyrgyzstan. She was last seen on Wednesday, descending from an altitude of 6,000m. It is believed that another Iranian climber, Saeid Mirzaei, was ahead of Jafari on Peak Pobeda, though his status is not currently known. -Tehran Times 8/10/21

Photos: Inja Gallery Showing Negar Farajiani's Artworkss

Negar Farajiani is currently hanging a collection of her latest artworks in an exhibition titled "Tattered Masterpieces" at Inja Gallery. 8/10/21

IAPAC Proudly Endorses Liliana Bakhtiari for Atlanta City Council

The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), today proudly announces its endorsement of Liliana Bakhtiari for Atlanta City Council for the 5th District. If elected, Liliana would join Amir Farokhi as the second Iranian American elected to the Atlanta City Council. -PAAIA 8/6/21

Iranian women call for ban on motorcycle licences to be overturned

Iranian women have demanded that police issue motorcycle licences for women, permitting them to ride a motorbike officially, following a statement issued by Tehran's traffic police banning women from riding the vehicles in the Iranian capital. The Hamshahri daily reported that Iran's traffic police had previously stressed that there was no ban on women riding a motorcycle if they had a licence. However, the police do not permit women to take the test to receive the permit. -MEE 8/5/21

Iranian Battles Iranian Refugee At The Tokyo Olympics

It was a bittersweet moment for many Iranians. Kimia Alizadeh, an Iranian taekwondo fighter, beat her opponent, also from Iran, at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Alizadeh, who emigrated to Europe in 2020 after criticizing the oppression of women in the Islamic republic, represented the Refugee Team while her opponent and former teammate, Nahid Kiayani, was fighting for their home country of Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 7/29/21

Kimia Alizadeh: Iranian defector from Olympic Refugee Team stuns two-time Olympic taekwondo champion

An Iranian taekwondo athlete competing for the Refugee Olympic Team made her mark at Tokyo 2020 after she defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones. Kimia Alizadeh beat Team Great Britain's Jones 16-12 on Sunday in the women's -57kg taekwondo round of 16. She then overcame China's Lijun Zhou in the quarterfinals before losing to Turkey's Hatice Kubra Ilgun in the bronze medal match. -CNN 7/26/21

Iranian rower Malaei steals the show

Iranian rower Nazanin Malaei advanced to the semifinals round of the women's single sculls at the 2020 Olympic Games. She caused something of a surprise by pushing into third to qualify for the semis. -Tehran Times 7/26/21

Iran planning to build 'Maryam Mirzakhani' supercomputer

According to an official with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, plans are underway to build a supercomputer in memory of prominent Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. According to Ehsan Aryanian, manager of IT platforms at ICT Research Institute, initial calls for researching and designing 'Maryam Supercomputer' have been made. 7/22/21

Iran Releases Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh For Five-Day Health Treatment Leave

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, whose health has "seriously deteriorated" since her arrest three years ago, has been granted a five-day treatment leave from prison. Sotoudeh will undergo various medical examinations, according to a post her husband, Reza Khandan, wrote on his Facebook page, "Nasrin has come home on treatment leave for five days," he wrote in the post 7/22/21

Refugee defector from Iran to face Iranian at Tokyo Olympics

A defector from Iran who competes in taekwondo for the refugee team at the Tokyo Olympics was drawn on Thursday to face an Iranian opponent in the qualifying round. Kimia Alizadeh, who left Iran citing institutional sexism, will face Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in the 57-kilogram class on Sunday. -AP 7/22/21

Weights Not Burdens: The Status of Women in Sports in Iran

For women in sports, overcoming social stigma is as much a part of the game as any technique to be mastered. "She who lifts weights is no woman," said veteran Iranian actor Dariush Arjmand in a televised interview in May. To Arjmand, female weightlifters are unworthy of motherhood and can not be considered real women as their weightlifting puts their femininity in danger. -Tara Jamali, Ms 7/21/21

Iran's 'Wind girl' at the Olympics

Farzaneh Fasihi is an Iranian sprinter. She represented her country at more than 10 competitions both outdoor and indoor Asian Athletics Championships. Fasihi is the Iranian record holder of the 60 metres indoor with 7.25 seconds. She is the ninth Iranian female athlete to qualify for Olympics, signaling a change in the way Tehran perceives women in sports. -WION 7/15/21

Conservationist Fights for Persian Leopards in Iraqi Kurdistan

Hana Raza is determined to overcome conflict- and gender-related obstacles to establish a network of protected areas for the endangered big cats. After the Iran-Iraq War, which severely degraded Iraqi nature, Persian leopards were thought to be locally extinct. The war left the country with mountains covered with millions of landmines and many species with vastly depleted numbers. So nobody expected this endangered species to remain in the Zagros Mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. Veronika Perkova, Earth Island Journal 7/13/21

Armed Afghan women take to streets in show of defiance against Taliban

Women have taken up guns in northern and central Afghanistan, marching in the streets in their hundreds and sharing pictures of themselves with assault rifles on social media, in a show of defiance as the Taliban make sweeping gains nationwide. One of the biggest demonstrations was in central Ghor province, where hundreds of women turned out at the weekend, waving guns and chanting anti-Taliban slogans. -Guardian 7/9/21

'I Felt in Between Places': Iranian Artist Arghavan Khosravi on Studying Art in the U.S., and Why She Paints Preoccupied Women

The U.S.-based Iranian painter Arghavan Khosravi's sculptural, multi-paneled paintings capture the claustrophobia and disorientation of being split between worlds. In her critically acclaimed recent show, "In Between Places" at New York's Rachel Uffner gallery women assume agency as they move through their daily lives, all the while preoccupied with looming concerns, represented by depictions such as a ball and chain... -Artnet 7/8/21

Shahrzad Mozafar: Iran's female futsal trailblazer who defied the odds

To her parents, it was no great surprise. When Shahrzad Mozafar was not kicking a ball with her sisters in their sun-baked family garden nestled in a parched neighbourhood in Khuzestan province, Iran, she was usually inside, dreaming about the love of her life. Football. An avid viewer of games on television - "I loved to be a coach since I was a kid" - on one occasion she indulged her fantasies by commentating on an imaginary match, capturing every word of dramatic monologue on a cassette tape. -Jamie Fahey, Guardian 7/5/21

Unstoppable Nahid Biyarjomandi driven by "heavy responsibility" to empower women in rugby around the world

World Rugby spoke to the World Rugby Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient and Asia Rugby Executive Committee member about an exciting year, in which she has also given birth to her first child. Nahid Biyarjomandi had already achieved more than most would hope to in a lifetime when she was chosen as one of 15 'Unstoppable' women in rugby two years ago. 7/5/21

As an Iranian-born woman, I haven't always felt like Canada is home

For many immigrant families, Canada has long held the promise of a better life. As the child of Iranian immigrants, however, I've questioned whether Canada is the home for me. My family immigrated to Canada from Iran in the early '90s, when I was just a toddler. My earliest memories of life start in Montreal, where we became permanent residents. For all intents and purposes, I was no less Canadian than the white kids at school - but I would come to learn early on that I couldn't be just another one of the kids. -Kimiya Shokoohi, CBC 7/2/21

Sonita: How an international human rights rapper found a home as a Bard student

Sonita Alizada's eyes are bruised, her scratched cheeks dripping blood. Stamped in the middle of her forehead is a barcode, just below a sparking tiara with a white veil attached. Wearing a wedding dress and holding a bouquet of flowers, she raps. "I scream to make up for a woman's lifetime of silence, I scream on behalf of the deep wounds on my body" -Katelyn Cordero, Poughkeepsie Journal 7/1/21

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