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How Can Women and Girls Win in Iran?

How Can Women and Girls Win in Iran? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Artwork by Sahar Ghorishi.

A Zócalo Event, Co-Presented with the Goldhirsh Foundation
Moderated by Porochista Khakpour, Author, Brown Album

This event is generously sponsored by Pedram Salimpour.

In Iran, women have stood as a first line of opposition against government repression for at least 150 years, advocating for social and economic equality, pushing back against discriminatory Islamist edicts, and fighting for a new vision of politics. Today, young women are pouring into Iranian streets again, using phones and social media to capture and share their call for basic human rights with the world—chanting the evocative phrase “woman, life, freedom,” calling for “death to the dictator,” facing off with security forces—and, in some cases, paying with their lives.

The brutal government response is coming head to head with demographics: More than 60% of Iran’s university graduates are women, and 50% of Iranians are under age 35. How is this powerful intergenerational movement taking shape? Does the combination of over a century of feminist resistance with a new generation of educated, tech-savvy, and culturally plugged-in activists have what it takes to turn the tide on a 40-year crackdown on freedom and women’s rights? What can the world learn from this movement, today and in the future?

Iran analyst Holly Dagres, artist Sahar Ghorishi, and anthropologist Pardis Mahdavi join Zócalo to discuss if young women hold the key to a just future for Iran.

Zócalo invites our in-person audience to continue the conversation with our speakers and each other at a post-event reception with complimentary drinks and small bites from Toranj Restaurant.

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