Against All Odds – Iranian Women Will Continue to Push for Change

The outgoing president failed to deliver on his bold promises to improve women’s rights, and the next government is also unlikely to advance legal reforms or social and economic opportunities. But women in Iran will nevertheless fight for improved rights and more equality.

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FEMENA's Director, Sussan Tahmasebi, contributed to POMED's Expert Q & A -Beyond Rhetoric: How Should the Biden Administration Support Human Rights and Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa?

The Biden administration has made support for human rights and democracy around the world a prominent rhetorical focus of its foreign policy.

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The Middle-Class Women of Iran Are Disappearing
And the United States is partly to blame.

By Azadeh Moaveni and Sussan Tahmasebi

March 27, 2021

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FEMENA supports Woman Human Rights Defenders, their organizations and feminist movements through analysis of trends and policy, documentation, fostering development of regional communities of practice and advocacy.

In observance of International Women’s Day 2021, FEMENA along with five other organizations, organized the Campaign to Protect Civic Space and Support WHRDs, aimed to bring attention to the extreme pressures and backlash women human rights defenders who organize to promote women’s rights are facing in countries such as Afghanistan, Egypt and Iran.

Read the Campaign statement available in English, Arabic and Farsi.

FEMENA is committed to promote greater understanding and commitment to concepts of self-care, wellbeing and integrated security, through our social media campaign, educational and training activities, discussions with experts and activists and development and compilation of resources, working with individual WHRDs and their organizations and movements in MENA

Over the last few years we have witnessed a rise in violence against WHRDs in the MENA region. 2020 was an especially violent year, where in some instances, WHRDs received death threats and tragically, in several cases, such as in Iraq and Libya, WHRDs were killed.

Read our Statement and view our Campaign

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FEMENA calls on Iraq's gov to launch an independent investigation into threats against Fatima Al-Bahadli & the killing of her sons, Ali & Ahmad. We strongly urge Iraqi authorities to prevent violent targeting & killing of WHRDs. #Iraq must protect & #SupportWHRDs instead. https://t.co/ZZuFqxBbZI FemenaNet photo

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FEMENA stands with Mozn Hassan
🚨International organizations and networks, including FEMENA, are closely watching and demanding Egyptian Authorities to immediately stop the criminalization and persecution of feminist activist & WHRD Mozn Hassan and the organization she directs Nazra for Feminist Studies.

📢 Defending women’s human rights is not a crime!

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We at FEMENA extend our deepest condolences to Fatima Al-Bahadli, who is mourning the death of her son Ali. Fatima is a prominent WHRD and peace activist in Basra, Iraq, who has been repeatedly threatened with violence as a result of her work to ensure human rights and peace.

According to reports, Ali was kidnapped by "unknown" armed groups and assassinated a day later. Fatima lost another son, Ahmad, in Spring 2019, under suspicious circumstances. It is believed that Ahmad too was assassinated by armed militia groups in Iraq.

There has been an alarming and unacceptable increase in violence, threats, assassination attempts and killings targeting rights defenders in Iraq, which are carried out with impunity and often by armed militia.

FEMENA calls on the Iraqi government to end this impunity and launch an independent investigation into threats against all WHRDs including Fatima and the assassination of her sons, Ali and Ahmad. The Iraqi government must punish all those responsible for these crimes to the full extent of the law. We strongly urge the government of Iraq to take serious steps to prevent the violent targeting and killing of rights activists and protect WHRDs.

We at FEMENA stand in solidarity with Fatima and all Iraqi rights defenders who work to build a better future for their fellow citizens.

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Femena1 week ago
FEMENA is pleased about the release of WHRDs Esraa Abdel Fattah. Esraa, who had been detained since October 2019 in relation to her activism, was released along with 5 other high-profile journalists, human rights defenders and democracy activists, including WHRD Mahienour al-Massry. Release of Egyptian journalists, human rights defenders and democracy activists is good news indeed. We urge the Egyptian authorities to also end the travel ban against Esraa and drop all pending charges against those released immediately. Egypt must end its persecution of rights defenders. #SupportWHRDs

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