Mordad 5 1400 - July 27 2021
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

Iran's Sareh Javanmardi highlights anxiety and stress are not to be ignored

Iran's Sareh Javanmardi is honest about what could hinder her performance. With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics nearing, the pressure is rising and so is the anxiety and stress. Rather than hide, the multi-Paralympic and world champion brings her achilles heel to light. Especially in shooting Para sport, where one mental lapse can cost an athlete everything, knowing how to handle such anxieties and stress is important for the Iranian. -Paralympic.org 6/30/21

Shari Siadat Wants You to Glitter From Head to Toe

Shari Siadat has always been a busy woman. Before founding her industry-disrupting beauty brand, TooD, in 2019, she juggled life as a model, dancer, fitness instructor, and writer, all while caring for three young daughters. While working in the image-based industries of fashion, dance and fitness, Siadat, who is Iranian American, found herself uninspired and excluded by Eurocentric standards. -Healthyish 6/30/21

Sussan Deyhim Embraces the World

Iranian-born composer, vocalist, performance artist, and activist, Los Angeles-based Sussan Deyhim is known for creating a singular vocal language, one that is permeated with a sense of ritual and the unknown. In other words, Deyhim is a consummate artist: At 13, she was part of the national ballet company in Iran, studying with master folk musicians and dancers... -Classical Voice 6/29/21

How a Former NFL Cheerleader and an Iranian-American Actress Sarah Shahi is Climbing Up the Ladder of Success

Aahoo Jahansouz Sarah Shahi is an Iranian-American TV on-screen actress and former NFL Cheerleader. In 2018, she featured in the arrangement Reverie. In 2019, she performed in a couple of scenes of City on a Hill on Showtime. She was born on 10 January 1980. Presently, Sarah Shahi age is 41 years. 6/28/21

How Europe's biggest start-up hub shifted its support online

Working remotely has been good for Roxanne Varza. But the coronavirus pandemic brought a new management challenge: how to turn Paris-based tech hub Station F, centred around a physical building, into a remote support service. Six years ago, Varza received an email out of the blue from French billionaire businessman Xavier Niel that led to him offering her the job of running Station F... -Jonathan Moules, Financial Times 6/28/21

A brief interview with the popular and talented Iranian artist Yalda Dousti.

Yalda Dousti Born in 1992 in Tehran, she is a master of painting ,design and also she's a very unique and creative artist. She graduated from the University with a degree in Cartography and Architecture. And then she started working in that field , but later her destiny put her on a path that changed her life forever. -The Open News 6/28/21

Exiled Princess Noor of Iran attends lavish Hamptons bash

Princess Noor Pahlavi of Iran was among the guests at an extravagant Hamptons dinner to support LGBTQ Jews. Princess Noor - a 29-year-old model and activist whose grandfather was the last Shah of Iran until his overthrow in the Iranian Revolution of Feb. 1979 - now spends her time in Manhattan and the Hamptons, sources tell Page Six. -Page Six 6/25/21

How a Pair of Architects Are Remaking the Future for the Homeless

Iranian sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri are using their extraordinary talents for the sake of refugees and the unhoused. For Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri, the meaning of home has always been integral to their practice as family and architects. The sisters came to the United States from Iran to study architecture at Cornell. -Abigail Glasgow, Architectural Digest 6/24/21

A look at Iran's new First Lady

Jamileh Alamolhoda was born in 1965 to a prominent ultra-conservative clerical family in the holy city of Mashhad. She is the daughter of Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, the Friday Prayer imam of Mashhad and the Supreme Leader's representative in Khorasan province. Alamolhoda's father is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, an eighty-eight-member clerical body tasked with appointing the Supreme Leader. -Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Atlantic Council 6/24/21

These Iranian Fisherwomen Are Trying to Make History

Every day at dawn, fisherwomen from the tiny island of Hengam in Iran nudge their daughters into small boats. The currents are often overwhelmingly strong, but for these women, braving rough waves isn't just about finding their catch of the day. It's how mothers groom their daughters to face life in the community. Hengam is one of the only islands in Iran where women set out to sea without men. -VICE 6/23/21

Iranian Painter Shirazeh Houshiary Explains the Benefits of Painting on the Floor and Why Nothing Is More Abstract Than Nature

For Shirazeh Houshiary, being close with nature is key. Even her West London studio is located right by the woods so she can listen to birds and keep in tune with nature's ebbs and flows. Houshiary moved to London in 1973, leaving her native Iran to study art. Her installations, paintings, and sculptures often take inspiration from Eastern culture, poetry, and mythology. -Artnet 6/22/21

Iran's trailblazing female biker counts on incoming president to fix country's economy

Behnaz Shafiei is a motocross rider and the only Iranian female rider to have done professional road racing. Following the end of President Hassan Rouhani's two terms in office, Iran goes to the polls on June 18 to elect a new president. It's the opportunity for Behnaz Shafiei to choose her future president. -France24 6/17/21

Comedy drama recounts story of Persian mythical heroine Goshasb Banu

A comedy drama telling the story of the wedding of heroine Goshasb Banu, the daughter of Persian mythical hero Rostam, went on stage at Tehran's Mehregan Theater on Tuesday. Somayyeh Abadeh is directing "Wedding of Banu Goshasb" written by veteran playwright Ardeshir Salehpur based on some ancient Persian texts. Goshasb Banu has swarms of suitors from Turan, China and India. Therefore, Rostam lays down only one condition: that he will agree to the one who can defeat her in a battle. 6/10/21

Photos: Iran's women golf contest

A one-day competition was held in the golf course of Enghelab Sport Complex in Tehran on 3 June 2021. About 50 athletes from 13 provinces partook in the event. -Mohammad Babaei, IRNA 6/8/21

Lawmakers smear Iranian-American Biden adviser with unsubstantiated conspiracy theory

A conspiracy theory smearing a State Department official as loyal to Iran has migrated from the internet to a group of Republican congressmen. Earlier this week, Breitbart News reported that a group of lawmakers led by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) was demanding an investigation into State Department senior adviser Ariane Tabatabai and the revocation of her security clearance. -Matthew Petti, Responsible Statecraft 6/7/21

Olivia Abtahi's Perfectly Parvin

In her debut novel, Perfectly Parvin, author Olivia Abtahi tells the story of 14-year-old Parvin Mohammadi, a second-generation Iranian American who navigates the trials of adolescence with the added complexity of growing up with different cultures. Growing up in the U.S. with an Iranian father and an Argentine mother, Abtahi herself is a reflection of the increasingly diverse Iranian diaspora. 6/7/21

Webinar: The Nonviolent Revolution of Iranian Women Writers: A Conversation with Farzaneh Milani

Professor Farzaneh Milani discusses Iranian women writers and the Iranian women's movement with Professor Abbas Milani. The conversation is a part of the on-going series on the Iranian women's movement. Farzaneh Milani is Raymond J. Nelson Professor of Iranian and Gender Studies and Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia. -Stanford University 6/7/21

NIAC Action endorses Jennifer Adeli for Virginia House

NIAC Action has endorsed Jennifer Adeli for Virginia House of Delegates, HD 34! Jennifer's election takes place on June 8, 2021. Jennifer has decades of experience bringing innovative business solutions to meet the greatest needs of her community. She is hoping to take her leadership to the next level by bringing her business expertise to the legislative process. -NIAC Action 6/3/21

Iranian superwomen's career experiences: a qualitative study

Superwoman refers to the identity of a woman who performs several important roles simultaneously and full-time, such as being a wife, mother, and homemaker while holding a job. This study aims to examine the career experiences of Iranian superwomen who maintained their mental health while holding multiple roles. -Maryam Nosrati Beigzadeh, et al, BMC 6/1/21

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Forging a Progressive Future with Yasmin Radjy

Despite having a seasoned career as a political organizer, Yasmin Radjy, the National Political Director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, didn't always see herself taking up a career in politics. A born and bred Californian, Radjy describes her upbringing in Palo Alto as "idyllic," noting that "a big part of why [she is] involved with politics has, in part, to do with just how idyllic [her] family's Iranian-American immigration experience was." -Ariana Damavandi, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, 5/28/21

Doing human rights in Afghanistan right this time

On May 8, 2021, explosions targeting the Sayed ul-Shuhada school in Kabul killed 90 people, most of them girls from Afghanistan's Shia Hazara community. The horrific attack confirmed the fears of many Afghans that, as the war intensifies and U.S. troops withdraw, there could be more such atrocities. How to prevent a catastrophic deterioration of the human rights situation is the critical question for U.S. policy in Afghanistan now. -Patricia Gossman, Responsible Statecraft 5/28/21

Iran sentences activist to 30 months jail, flogging

Iranian rights activist and journalist Narges Mohammadi, released from jail in October, has been handed a new sentence of 80 lashes and 30 months in jail, her lawyer said Thursday. Mohammadi, 49, a campaigner against the death penalty, was spokeswoman for the Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Iran -- founded by lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi -- when she was arrested in May 2015. -AFP 5/28/21

XPrize CEO on being the first self-funded woman to go to space: People 'underestimated my persistence'

Today, Anousheh Ansari is the CEO of XPrize, the non-profit founded in 1996 that hosts public competitions to encourage technological development that benefits humanity - like its most recent partnership with Elon Musk to offer $100 million in prizes for the best carbon capture technology to fight climate change. But that's just one of Ansari's accomplishments. -CNBC 5/26/21

Nasrin review - this is what a superhero looks like in the real world

This clandestinely shot documentary about Iranian human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh reveals what superheroism looks like in the real world. As significant as the tireless work in lawyer's cabinets, drab constitutional courts and prison visiting rooms is her symbolic importance: her sinewy persistence and true courage in standing up to Iran's dogmatic regime have the potential to ignite such qualities in others, and unlock the collective action needed to shift this sclerotic society. -Guardian 5/25/21

Iran's Zahra Nemati sees archery as a metaphor for life

Iranian Paralympic legend Zahra Nemati looks at the sport of archery as a metaphor on how we should live life. "Life has messages for us and archery has one too. One of crucial messages of archery is once you shoot the arrow [and aim for] the gold, you cannot think about [it anymore] - it is [considered part of] the past [and that's why] we cannot think about it again." -Paralympic.org 5/19/21

A conversation with Firouzeh Khosrovani, Iranian director of Radiograph of a Family

As part of our coverage of this year's San Francisco film festival, we commented on Radiograph of a Family, a film by Iranian director Firouzeh Khosrovani. We suggested the film was "a sensitive, semi-autobiographical and semi-fictionalized portrait, albeit with significant questions left unanswered, of one family's experience of Iranian life over the course of a half century or more." -David Walsh, WSWS 5/18/21

Iranian avant-garde artist Mentrix challenges islamic stereotypes with astonishing new single and video '99 Names Of God'

These are diversive and clashing times. Ideas and ideologies are colliding everywhere you look as the human race tries to make sense of the world. The old and the new are trying to make sense of the madness. Maverick Iranian Berlin-based auteur Mentrix has released "99 Names of God" (Asma-ul-Husna) via House of Strength Records, during the holy month of Ramadan, to follow up her debut album 'My Enemy, My Love'. -Louder Than War 5/17/21

Webinar: An Allegory of Belief, Truth, Power and Resistance in Art

Taking a self-reflective approach, Azam Ali examines how music serves different aspirations for a second-generation Iranian, often playing a central role in political movements: strengthening and unifying the voice of the people seeking social justice against a common adversary. She believes an artist's greatest act of resistance is to extract every drop of truth from their lived experience and express it to its fullest. -Zoom call on May 21st, 2021, UCLA 5/17/21

These Iranian woman are crushing it in crypto

As Iran's crypto community grows, so does the number of women making their mark on it. Mostly young, self-taught and multi-disciplined, they are swelling the ranks of active traders looking to shield hard-earned savings against local currency inflation and economic uncertainty. Some of these women are sharing their insights with aspiring crypto investors and even taking advantage of a self-employed flex schedule to achieve a healthier work-life balance. -Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera 5/17/21

Tips on Architecture From Sarvenaz Sharifi, Iranian Architect

Sarvenaz Sharifi, born in 1984 architect and interior designer of more than 50 luxury and modern Construction projects in Iran, Qatar, USA and Canada. She is the CEO of Abraj sustainable structure Construction and Design Company for the past 10 years. She was invited to teach at the Islamic university in Tehran in 2019. -Influencive 5/14/21

Women can run for president in Iran: Member of Constitutional Council

A legal jurist sitting on Iran's Constitutional Council says there is no prohibition on women contesting presidential elections, amid a long-running debate on what the Constitution's text implies for female figures and as the June 18 presidential vote draws near. The Council is yet to offer a binding constitutional interpretation on the matter. Earlier this week, it released a new interpretation of the Constitution aimed at clarifying the criteria for presidential candidates, but the issue was not directly addressed. -Press TV 5/12/21

Protecting Afghan women's rights after US troops withdraw

Afghan women are understandably anxious about their future after the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a concern underscored by an attack on a high school for girls near Kabul on Saturday. Women made huge leaps in the rights and opportunities they enjoy under the protection of international forces since 2001, particularly in education and the workforce. Given the Taliban's terrible record of repressing women, combined with the impending withdrawal of U.S. troops, activists fear women's rights will decline rapidly in Afghanistan and become an afterthought in U.S. foreign policy. -Nazila Jamshidi, Responsible Statecraft 5/11/21

"Unbearable": Reza Khandan, Husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh, on the Ground in Iran's Qarchak Prison

The little girl is three years old. She approaches my wife Nasrin Sotoudeh who is sitting in a corner of the prison yard and asks, "Aunty, can you tell me the Rolling Pumpkin story?" Sonbol is a beautiful girl with golden hair, born here at Qarchak prison. Her mother was pregnant when she was arrested for bank robbery. Now they live in a place the inmates call "the end of the world." -Reza Khandan, Ms. Magazine 5/11/21

Afghans Grieve After 68 Killed, 165 Injured in School Bombing

Dozens of Afghan families held funerals Sunday, a day after three bombs were detonated outside a school in Kabul, killing at least 68 people and injuring another 165 victims in an act of violence that one survivor suggested was carried out by those who don't want girls "to study and get educated and move forward." -Common Dreams 5/10/21

Photos: Dedicated Iranian teacher holds classes on prairies during pandemic

Kolsoom Faqiri, 39, is a teacher who works in an elementary school in Chaharchenar village, suburb of Gorgan, the capital of northern Golestan province in Iran. Since the outbreak of coronavirus and despite suffering from heart disease, Faqiri has held classes on vast plains and prairies near her house on a regular basis. This dedicated teacher is standing on her feet for long hours, against the advice of physicians, since her students cannot afford buying smartphones or tablets to attend classes online. 5/7/21

Iranian musician Hanna Jahanforooz keeps Persian culture alive

Life experiences, including challenging ones, are grist to the artist's mill. Hanna Jahanforooz has been through more than her fair share of trying events tailor-made to inspire her craft. Some of her character-forming bio milestones feed straight into her music. This will be reflected in the material she will perform at this Thursday's gig in Jerusalem when she showcases numbers from her new mini-album From Iran to Rumi, along with a broad-ranging slew of songs she has penned and arranged over the years. -Jerusalem Post 5/6/21

At Tehran garage, Iranian woman polishes cars and her dreams

It's a men's-only club in the tangle of auto repair shops on the traffic-clogged streets of Iran's capital, Tehran. Among them, workers toil in dim garages, welding and wrenching, fabricating and painting. That's until Maryam Roohani, 34, pops up from under a car's hood at a maintenance shop in northeastern Tehran, her dirt- and grease-stained uniform pulled over black jeans and long hair tucked into a baseball cap - which in her work, replaces Iran's compulsory Islamic headscarf for women, or hijab. -Mohammad Nasiri, AP 5/3/21

Female political prisoners in Iran facing 'psychological torture', say campaigners

Female human rights activists imprisoned in Iran face increased jail terms and transfers to prisons with "dangerous and alarming" conditions, hundreds of miles away from their families, according to campaigners. Human rights campaigners said that in the past six months increasing numbers of Iranian women jailed for human rights and political activism had been moved from Evin prison in Tehran to prisons outside the capital city without warning. -Sarah Johnson, Guardian 4/30/21

US Criticized for Response to Iran's Election to UN Women's Rights Commission

The United States has reiterated its concern about Iran's poor human rights record in its first official comment on the Islamic republic's election last week to the United Nations' top legislative body on women's rights. But it fell short of the explicit denunciation of the outcome that many rights advocates had hoped for. The remarks, which were provided to VOA on Thursday and largely repeated later at a State Department briefing, mark the United States' stand on the election of Iran to the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women. -VOA 4/30/21

Iranian Court Begins Trial Of German-Iranian Rights Activist Nahid Taghavi

A German-Iranian human rights activist held in Iran on vague security-related charges has had her first hearing at a Revolutionary Court, her daughter and human rights groups said. Nahid Taghavi, 66, was arrested in Tehran in October while on a family visit and spent nearly five months in solitary confinement in the capital's notorious Evin prison, in a case rights groups say amounts to politically motivated hostage taking. 4/29/21

COVID-19 depressed women's employment everywhere, and more so in Iran

The coronavirus pandemic has had a regressive impact on women's economic outcomes worldwide as women's jobs have been 1.8 times more vulnerable than men's jobs. In Iran, too, the closures and the pandemic have depressed women's already low economic participation rates by about 20 percent. -Nadereh Chamlou, Atlantic Council 4/29/21

Iran's female mechanics challenge male domination in the car industry

The seminal moment in Sahar Beygi's life came shortly after she bought a second-hand Nissan 4x4 in 2014. Deciding to celebrate the purchase, she got together with a group of her friends and headed for a night out. As bad luck - or a dodgy car dealer - would have it, the vehicle's engine gave way and the car broke down. "I had no idea about the mechanics of the engine," says Beygi. -Mohammad Hashemi, MEE 4/27/21

Fourth national festival of Maryam Mirzakhani to be held in June 2021

The 4th National Festival on Women and Science will be held in the fourth Iranian calendar month Tir (starting June 22), commemorating the late Iranian mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani. The event is to be held to honor exemplary women who are active in scientific and social sections. 4/22/21

'No doesn't mean no': Iran's 'Namjoo scandal' triggers debate on sexual abuse

When the #MeToo movement started sending reverberations across the globe in 2017, Iranian women felt the campaign was still out of reach for many. That was until late last summer, when one by one, Iranian women started taking to social media with their own accounts of sexual abuse and harassment. Among those accused of misconduct was Mohsen Namjoo, dubbed the Bob Dylan of Iran. -AFP 4/21/21

Pieces of Iran: My heart became whole in Iran

When I was 11, my mother sewed cash into the pocket of my pants and steeled herself against tears as she and my father prepared me to fly alone across the world for the summer. They didn't have the money or the time off work, but they wanted me to know myself. So with two suitcases full of soqaty for relatives I hadn't seen since I was two, I boarded the plane, remembering to be brave. -Nawal Qcasiano, NQC Literacy 4/16/21

Writer, Entrepreneur, and Activist Hoda Katebi on France's Proposed Hijab Ban

Last week, the French Senate approved a measure to ban the hijab for women under the age of 18. It was an amendment to a proposed law "reinforcing the respect of the Republic's principles" under the administration of Emmanuel Macron. To be codified as law, the proposal must be approved by the lower house of Parliament, which experts suggest has "no chance" of happening. Still, the ban has triggered global outrage, and rightfully so. -Vogue 4/16/21

US troops withdrawal: Afghan women fear return of the Taliban

As the United States prepares to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan, Afghan women fear the return of the Taliban which could see the end of female education. Also as attempts are to made to revive the Iran nuclear deal, our correspondent in Tehran reports on how crippling US sanctions are impacting Iranian women's rights. 4/16/21

Tablecloth weaving in Mazandaran villages

Some women in the Iranian province of Mazandaran are still weaving traditional tablecloths as a way to make a living. Mazandaran Province is located along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea and in the adjacent Central Alborz mountain range, in central-northern Iran. -Hava Ahmadi, Mehr 4/12/21

The Middle-Class Women of Iran Are Disappearing: And the United States is partly to blame.

The decimation of Iran's economy is unfolding in the lives of the very constituency that has been working for reform and liberalization, and in whose name Mr. Pompeo and other leading American officials speak: middle-class Iranian women. The slump is tearing away at their fragile gains in employment, upper management positions and leadership roles in the arts and higher education, while reducing their capacity to seek legal reforms and protections. -Azadeh Moaveni and Sussan Tahmasebi, New York Times 3/29/21

"Opposition to the religious patriarchal system is female"

As an artist, she translates experiences into images - for her political engagement, she was brought to trial. The Iranian contemporary artist Parastou Forouhar talks about idyllic places and war, suicide and opulence, and how women in Iran are fighting for equality. Interview by Siri Goegelmann, Qantara 3/23/21

Stunning Premiere of Iconoclastic Iranian Movie - "LALEH" Drive

"Laleh", fifteen years in the making, produced by DEFC and Canadian "The Movie Drive, Inc." and directed by Iranian born, Hollywood Director-Producer Essy Niknejad, premiered March 12th right after theaters opened in Tehran to unanimous kudos, even from some who opposed this debated film. -Winter Star Entertainment 3/16/21

Yassamin Ansari's likely win in runoff could have big payoff for Mayor Kate Gallego

Should preliminary figures hold, Tuesday's runoff election in Phoenix City Council's districts 3 and 7 represented an expected but nonetheless significant win for progressive Democrats. But the biggest winners may be Mayor Kate Gallego and activist Councilman Carlos Garcia, whose efforts at a civilian oversight office on police complaints now enjoy renewed life. -AZ Central 3/11/21

Iran: Women and girls treated as second class citizens, reforms urgently needed, says UN expert

Women and girls continue to be treated as second class citizens in Iran, a UN expert says in a report to the Human Rights Council, citing domestic violence, thousands of marriages of girls aged between 10 and 14 each year and continuing entrenched discrimination in law and practice. -OHCHR 3/10/21

Jafar Panahi Recalls Jail Time in Iran While Supporting Imprisoned Human Rights Activist

Jafar Panahi, the outspoken Iranian filmmaker behind 2015's acclaimed "Taxi," has recorded an International Women's Day message in support of imprisoned lawyer and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. IndieWire is exclusively premiering Panahi's message to Sotoudeh -Indie Wire 3/9/21

Why Iran's women's rights movement will endure through US sanctions

Donald Trump may be out of office, but women in Iran will continue to feel the weight of his "maximum pressure" campaign as sanctions are being maintained under Joe Biden. During the electoral campaign, Joe Biden addressed Donald Trump's policy of sanctions against Tehran as a failure but has refused to offer the country relief to the sanctions upfront. -Maedeh Sharifi, TRT World 3/8/21

An Interview With Pardis Mahdavi, ASU Dean of Social Sciences

]Pardis Mahdavi is the dean of social sciences in Arizona State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The author of six books, most recently Hyphen, she is an Iranian-American anthropologist whose scholarship covers gendered labor, migration, sexuality, human rights, transnational feminism, and public health. -Zocalo 3/8/21

Zaghari-Ratcliffe: UK 'looking at ways to repay 400m pound debt to Iran'

The saga to get Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe back to the UK is nearing its endgame, the recently retired head of the Foreign Office (FCDO) has said. Lord McDonald, permanent undersecretary at the FCDO until the summer, said for the first time the UK had been looking at repaying a historic 400m pound debt to Pounds Iran through humanitarian payments that would not be subject to sanctions on the country. -Guardian 3/8/21

In Or Out Of Jail, Veteran Iranian Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Won't Be Silenced

Despite being repeatedly threatened by Iran's security apparatus, harassed, sent to prison multiple times, and prevented from seeing her children, the authorities have failed to silence Narges Mohammadi. One of Iran's leading human rights defenders, Mohammadi has long campaigned against the death penalty and defended victims of state violence. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 3/8/21

Shohreh Bayat 'thrilled and honored' to win International Women of Courage Award

One of the world's top chess arbiters, Shohreh Bayat, refused to apologise and decided not to return to her home country Iran after the Women's World Chess Championship in China and Russia last year, fearing for her safety after a photograph from the event circulated in the Iranian media and appeared to show her not wearing a headscarf. On International Women's Day Bayat will receive the prestigious International Women of Courage Award for her brave decision after the event. -Chess24 3/8/21

Kimia Alizadeh, Iran's only female Olympic medalist, hopes to compete as refugee in Tokyo

Iranian female Olympic medal winner Kimia Alizadeh has been granted refugee status in Germany and aims to compete as part the Olympic Refugee Team under a white flag in Tokyo this summer. Alizadeh, who won taekwondo bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics, fled to Germany last year after several offers to compete for the Netherlands, Canada, Belgium and Bulgaria. -Reuters 3/3/21

Social media fight spreads in Iran as women seek to regain international travel rights

Iran's Alpine ski coach, Samira Zargari, couldn't join her team for the world championships in Italy last week. The reason? Her husband barred her from leaving the country. The reaction on social media was swift, and many Iranians vented their fury by demanding the government change the law to give women back their right to travel internationally, along with other rights stripped away after they're married. -ABC News 3/1/21

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