How Sanctions Impact Women and the Women’s Movement in Iran

25 September, 2018 at Busboy and Poets, 450 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20001

How Sanctions Impact Women and the Women’s Movement in Iran

The second round of US sanctions against Iran will snap back on November 4. These sanctions are being implemented following the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the Iran Deal (JCPOA) despite Iran’s compliance. The Trump administration claims that sanctions aim to pressure the Iranian government, not its people. In fact, the administration has often claimed that it stands with the people of Iran and has used the violation of their rights, including violations of women’s rights, as justification for imposing sanctions. But the reality is that sanctions often hurt ordinary Iranians and have an especially negative impact on women. Further increased international tensions and isolation of Iran increases pressures on Iranian civil society, which is working under difficult circumstances to advocate for rights of marginalized groups, including women. Join us for a moderated discussion on the situation of Iranian women and girls and the Iranian women’s movement. We will discuss how the women’s movement is working to ensure rights for Iranian women and how the sanctions and threat of war impact women and the women’s movement. Panelists will also provide strategies for how you can join the effort to oppose sanctions and war against Iran and support women’s rights.

Panelists include:

  • Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder CodePink

  • Nazli Fathi, Author and Former New York Times Corespondent in Tehran

  • Fery Malek Madani, Film Director & Producer, Curator and Director Art Cantara

  • Sussan Tahmasebi, Director FEMENA