Women and Electoral Campaigns in Iran

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Wednesday, June 02, 2021 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Mahmoud Pargoo
Zahra Tizro


Women and Electoral Campaigns in Iran

The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies presents Women and Electoral Campaigns in Iran with Dr. Mahmoud Pargoo, Alfred Deakin Institute and Dr. Zahra Tizro, University of East London.

Iran’s eighth president after the Revolution will be elected on 18 June 2021. Debates about gender and women’s rights have been among the heated topics in most electoral campaigns in the last few decades. Further, Iranian women’s rights activists have been among the most vibrant and vocal in the Middle East. Yet, Iran is consistently rated low in international rankings on gender equality, women’s participation in the workforce and some other related indexes. How has the discourse on women evolved in electoral campaigns once the last four decades? And do elections contribute to improvements women’s rights in Iran?

Dr. Mahmoud Pargoo is a research fellow at Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI), Deakin University and the lead author of Presidential Elections in Iran: Islamic Idealism since the Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and the author of Secularization of Islam in Post-revolutionary Iran (Routledge, 2021). He has a PhD in Social and Political Thought from Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University. Mahmoud writes in English, Persian, and Arabic and his anaylses have appeared in BBC, ABC, Al-Monitor, The Diplomat, Asia Times, and Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Dr. Zahra Tizro is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London. Her research examines the intersection between gender, violence and sexuality in cross-cultural contexts and on national and international relations. She is the author of Domestic Violence in Iran: Women, Marriage and Islam, and the co-author of The Political Economy of Iran Development, Revolution and Political Violence.

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