Beyond Geopolitics: The State of Women’s Rights in Iran

Wednesday, September 1
10:00AM-11:30AM EDT
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Beyond the geopolitical issues and nuclear developments that drive public attention on Iran, women continue to struggle for their rights and dignity. Iranian activists and leaders joined together to spotlight the situation for women in Iran today and the barriers they face to advancing progress. They discussed the long history of Iranian women’s leadership and resilience despite severe pushback and demonstrated the need to center Iranian women’s rights within global discussions on human rights and women’s rights.

Dr. Javaid Rehman

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Ms. Asieh Amini

Writer, Poet & Social Analyst

Board member of Norwegian PEN

Founder of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

Dr. Nina Ansary

Author, Historian & Women’s Rights Advocate

UN Women Global Champion for Innovation

Dr. Azar Nafisi

Georgetown Centennial Fellow,

Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ms. Fatemeh Sepehri

 A “Martyr’s Wife”

Secular Democrat Activist & Prisoner of Conscience

Ms. Shaparak Shajarizadeh

Women’s Rights Activist:

 Girls of Revolution Street Movement

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director,

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS)

Moderated by:

Ms. Nazenin Ansari

Managing Editor,

Kayhan London & Kayhan Life

Social Media: @giwps @MelanneVerveer @JavaidRehman @azarnafisi @shaparakshjr @drninaansary @NazeninA @KayhanLife @AmnestyIran @asieh_am @SherazadeSemsar

Hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, with Ms. Nazenin Ansari and Ms. Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisséson.