Iranian Women and Their Struggle for Freedom
In mid-September 2022, an Iranian female journalist followed up with the news of a young woman who had ended up on life support while in custody of the Islamic Republic's Moral Police. The 22-year-old Mahsa/Zhina Amini died as a result and thus began a wave of unprecedented protests led by Iranian women, which has now turned into a national crisis. Earlier, the protestors demanded that the mandatory hijab law of 1979 be rescinded, and the choice of clothing in public be given to them. The government has responded by violently cracking down on the protestors, which is now a mix of male and female young adults. Dr. Farzaneh will provide an historical overview of Iranian women’s
struggle to gain freedom of expression and action that began in the 1800s.