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Art Dubai Exclusive: An Interview with International Gallerist, Leila Heller

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 04.05.2016 | Entertainment
Yasamin Beitollahi

I spoke with Leila Heller, an international gallerist and lecturer about the opening of her new gallery in Dubai, its debut at Art Dubai 2016 and her ...

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Stories of Women In Iran

Nina Ansary | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Nina Ansary

I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient.

A Different Lens on the Iran Nuclear Outcome

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

While Iran has a long way to go, it's hard to take the view that what America needs to do to meet its vital national interests is to strengthen the Saudi hand in the world while keeping Iran isolated. So as president Obama quoted Yitzhak Rabin "You don't make peace with friends." You make it with very unsavory enemies."

In Iran Today Little Changes Mean a Lot

William O. Beeman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Home
William O. Beeman

Iran is changing. The behavior of the people today would have not been tolerated 35 years ago in the immediate post-Revolutionary period. The cumulative effect of these behavioral and cultural changes is a transformation of Iranian society that will likely never be reversed.

Who Decides For Women's Reproductive Rights?

Leila Mouri | Posted 09.01.2014 | Women
Leila Mouri

In a matter of one week in the U.S. and Iran, authorities have made decisions that restrain women's right to control their bodies.

My Share, Half of Azadi: Let Iranian Women Go to Stadium

Leila Mouri | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Leila Mouri

Iran-Brazil volleyball matches, part of FIVB Volleyball World League, held on June 13 and 16 in Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran. In both games, Iranian women were absent in the audience while a few of them, holding national flag, had gathered outside the complex.

Iranian Women's Movement Strangled By Restrictions

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

What has happened to the courageous Iranian women's movement of dissent that gave inspiration to the protests of the Arab Spring uprisings?

Why We Should 'Adopt' Iranian Women Prisoners of Conscience

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Now that many names of those in Evin prison have been published, these courageous women must not be forgotten and the Iranian government should be pressured for their immediate release.

Iranian Female Athletes Find Their Way

Leila Mouri | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Leila Mouri

At this summer's London paralympics, Iran's Zahra Nemati won an archery gold, becoming the first Iranian woman to win a gold medal at any Olympic Games.

Did Iran Really Just Ban Women From Universities?

Adam Pourahmadi | Posted 10.22.2012 | Home
Adam Pourahmadi

If you are like me and believe in the power of education, the thought of women being denied the right to learn is frightening.

Iran Bans Women From Universities

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.21.2012 | Home

Universities across Iran have announced that almost 80 subjects in both the liberal arts and sciences will be off limits to incoming female scholars. ...

Compulsory Hijab in Iran: There Is No Room for Appeasement

Leila Mouri | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Leila Mouri

Unfortunately, Iranian women's deprivation of one of their primary rights -- the right to wear what they want in public -- has yet to garner attention in the era of 'Islamophobia.'

Iran's Female Ninjas Kick Butt, Social Mores

Posted 02.06.2012 | Weird News

In the tradition of ancient Japanese warriors, thousands of Iranian woman are training to be ninjas. According to The Atlantic, roughly 3,500 femal...

Women's Bodies Are Still the Subject of Dispute

Leila Mouri | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
Leila Mouri

The naked photos of Golshifteh Farahani emerged in the moment when Iranian youth are transforming the political and social language of their country, freeing themselves from any state-imposed discourse towards women in their "public" presence.

Sanctions on Iran from the Point of View of Its Women

Maryam Zar | Posted 01.23.2012 | Home
Maryam Zar

Although sanctions imposed on a nation labeled "rogue" may make some senators more secure about their reelection prospects, they affect people on the ground in a tragically adverse way. For most women, they make life in a sparse economy even more arduous.

The Outside Insider: New Work by Taravat Talepasand

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 07.25.2011 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

Image-making is by definition always a process of objectification; Iranian-American artist Taravat Talepasand extends this process by incorporating the use of self-portraiture into her work.

Iranian Female Artists Unveiled: Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor Screening at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

Mahasti Afshar | Posted 06.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Mahasti Afshar

Iran's Women: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Azar Nafisi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Azar Nafisi

Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.

A Bad Bargain for All

Roya Boroumand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Roya Boroumand

Iran's influence on the board of UN Women is a threat to the progress achieved by women's rights movements in Muslim countries that still linger under centuries-old traditions and autocratic regimes.

Iran Women Defy Convention With Make-Up, Stylish Clothes, And Cosmetic Surgery

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In Iran, women are required by law to cover their body and hair in public, though that has rarely stopped many women, especially younger ones, from de...

Iranian Women's Voices

Mahnaz Afkhami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mahnaz Afkhami

In the flood of news and information that surrounds us every day, we may take for granted the constant ripple of voices around the globe whose struggle to be heard often ends in violence, imprisonment or death.

Iran: Male Clerics Call for Justice While Female Parliamentarians Advocate for Discriminatory Laws Against Women

Sara Dehghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sara Dehghan

In Iran, appointing loyal hardline females to ministries does not translate into women's equal rights. It is another cunning strategy by Ahmadinejad's government to fool the world.

Iranian Women: We Feel Cheated, Frustrated, And Betrayed (UPDATES)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

Look closely at the images of mass demonstrations taking place in Iran this week and you will see them: thousands of brave Iranian women taking to the streets to protest an election they feel was stolen.

Beautiful Iranian Women Pivotal In Iran Election Coverage (VIDEO)

Women News Network | Latoya Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Latoya Peterson | Women News Network With reporting opportunities strictly limited in Iran, images of Iran women carry the narrative. Much of the med...

Faces Of Iran

The Guardian | David Parkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

There's a horrific irony that Neda Agha Soltan should become an icon of Iran's struggle in the same week a sensitive study of the Iranian female face ...