Georgetown to Host Program on Women’s Rights Movement in Iran


Georgetown to host program on women’s rights movement in Iran

Featuring Iranian activists and author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”


November 30, 2018 (Washington, DC): Iranian women are boldly defying restrictive laws and demanding more freedom.


World-renowned Iranian activists and authors Azar Nafisi (author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) and Masih Alinejad (founder of the viral My Stealthy Freedom campaign) will headline a Georgetown University program about the dynamic women’s rights movement in Iran on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:00pm in Gaston Hall. The event is hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace andSecurity.


Margaret Brennan, moderator of CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” actress Nazanin Boniadi, and scholars Karim Sadjadpour and Afshin Molavi will join the conversation.


Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian women have been stripped of many freedoms either by law or fatwa. Mandatory veiling and dress codes have been imposed. Women cannot enter sports stadiums or sing solo. Many are subjected to abuse and harassment by the revolutionary guard. The list goes on.

But over the past 40 years, women in Iran have mobilized – sometimes at great personal risk – to demand their rights. Today, younger women are increasingly using social media as a tool to defy restrictions on their freedom.




AZAR NAFISI, Author of best seller “Reading Lolita in Tehran” and 2018-2019 Georgetown SFS Centennial Fellow

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

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


NAZANIN BONIADI, activist and actress (HomelandCounterpart, and How I Met Your Mother)

KARIM SADJADPOUR, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

AFSHIN MOLAVI, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute


MELANNE VERVEER, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security


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