Women’s Rights in Iran

Women’s rights in Iran are severely restricted. Married women cannot get a passport or leave the country without their husbands’ permission. Women are barred from becoming judges. Female singers are banned from singing solo. Women are largely banned from entering sports stadiums. From the age of 7, women and girls are required to wear a veil. The list goes on.

On Wednesday, December 5, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security hosted a conversation with world-renowned Iranian activists on the state of women’s rights in Iran and the courageous and ongoing efforts of Iranian women to secure their freedom.


MASIH ALINEJAD, activist for women’s rights in Iran, author of “The Wind in My Hair,” and founder of “My Stealthy Freedom”

AZAR NAFISI, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” and 2018-2019 Georgetown Centennial Fellow

MARGARET BRENNAN, moderator of CBS News’ “Face The Nation” and CBS News’ senior foreign affairs correspondent

NAZANIN BONIADI, actress and activist

KARIM SADJADPOUR, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace