Iranian Women on the Frontlines: Strategies for Change

Wednesday, September 8
10:00AM-11:30AM EDT

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The Iranian women’s movement has been one of the most dynamic in the world as women have united in demanding their rights at enormous risk to themselves. This is the time to focus on their efforts and ensure that Iran is accountable to key global human rights frameworks. Leaders and activists on the frontlines joined together for a discussion to spotlight Iranian women’s fight for freedom and how they are peacefully mobilizing to demand change. They strategized the way forward for the Iranian women’s movement and recommended key actions for the international community to support them.


Ms. Nazanin Boniadi
Actress, Ambassador, Amnesty International UK Women’s Rights Advocate

Ms. Masih Alinejad
Journalist, Author & Women’s Rights Activist

Ms. Narges Mohammadi
Spokesperson, Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC)

Ms. Narges Mansouri
Women’s Rights Activist & Member of the Workers Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company

Ms.  Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisséson
Member of the Board of Advisors, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, Former CEO of Politico Europe

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS)

Moderated by:

Ms. Azadeh Pourzand
Co-Founder and Director of the Siamak Pourzand Foundation

Social Media: @giwps @MelanneVerveer @SherazadeSemsar @AlinejadMasih @NazaninBoniadi @NazeninA

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