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Iran's Uprising and the Fight for Women's Rights

Experts discuss the movement’s momentum and the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran, and how it is shaping the future of women’s rights.
Goli Ameri
Azadeh Moaveni
Kian Tajbakhsh
Deborah Amos
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The massive national uprising in Iran, following the tragic death of Mahsa Amini while being detained by Iranian authorities, is being led and sustained by women and girls. Protests in 146 cities in Iran and around the world have supported the movement, rallied by the slogan Woman, Life, Freedom. As the Iranian regime violently cracks down on protests, the human rights situation is rapidly deteriorating. Though nearly 450 Iranians have died, and thousands have been arrested, the predominantly women-and-youth-led protests persist. Will the movement’s momentum endure? What will be the impact on women’s rights in Iran?

About the Speakers
Co-Founder and CEO of Startitup
Goli Ameri is the former US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, former US Representative to UN General Assembly & Public Delegate to the UN Commission on Human Rights. She is also the former Under Secretary for Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Federation of Red Cross. She is the Vice Chair of Freedom House and serves on the Advisory Board of the Rand Center for Middle East Public Policy. She is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Startitup, a technology platform upskilling solopreneurs.
Assistant Professor of Journalism, New York University
Azadeh Moaveni is Assistant Professor of Journalism at New York University and director of the Global and Joint Studies Program. Her research interests focus on how women’s rights, security and political participation are impacted by war and authoritarianism. Moaveni has published three books: Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran, and Guest House for Young Windows: Among the Women of ISIS.
Senior Advisor to Global Centers, Columbia University
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Kian Tajbakhsh is an Iranian American scholar, social scientist, and urban planner. At Columbia he works on initiatives focused on global migration, and is also a coordinator of the Committee on Forced Migration and a fellow with the Committee on Global Thought. He's been featured in major international media about recent Iran protests, and his essay “Iran’s First Feminist Uprising,” has been widely cited.
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Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence, Princeton University
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A longtime international correspondent, Deborah Amos spent much of her award-winning career at National Public Radio. Her reporting on the Middle East and refugees in the U.S. is regularly featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered. Previously she reported for ABC’s Nightline and PBS’s Frontline.
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