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Azar Majedi

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A Brief Biography
Azar Majedi

I was born in Iran. I finished my university education abroad and returned to Iran at the time of the revolution against the monarchy in 1978. I became active both politically and in defense of women's rights while a university student.

Since 1978 I have devoted my life to fighting against the dictatorial regimes in Iran, first the monarchy and then Islamic Republic, fighting for freedom and equality, fighting for women's rights. I was active in all the demonstrations to oppose the restrictions the Islamic Republic was imposing on women. I organized a March 8th celebration in 1979. I wrote and translated articles and pamphlets in defense of women's rights.

In 1982 when the Islamic Republic had begun brutal attacks against all the left and opposition groups, torturing and killing thousands, my husband and I were forced to escape from the security forces, and left for Kurdistan. I continued my activities, working in a clandestine left Radio as a producer-broadcaster, working as a member of editorial board of a left journal.

I moved to Europe on 1984. There I continued my activities both as a women's rights activist and as a political activist against the Islamic Republic. I have worked with the International Campaign for the Defense of Women's Rights in Iran. I co-founded the Center for Women and Socialism. I have published many articles in different journals. I have both organized and participated in different international conferences relating to women's rights issues, political Islam, and wider political issues. I have worked in alternative media, I am the editor of Medusa, a journal dealing with women's issues, for 3 years from 1999 to 2002, I was the director of Radio International, a radio broadcasting into Iran, which can also be heard in Europe and on the internet.

I have written numerous articles on women's issues, social and political questions. Many of my articles has been published in various international web sites. I have been interviewed by various international media, BBC, Voice of America, International Herald Tribune, Time magazine, More 4 channel news; I had appeared on ITV, "It's my life" show on the issue of freedom of speech.

I have founded the Organization for Women's Liberation - Iran in November 2002, and at present I am acting as its chair. I have also founded Mansoor Hekmat foundation in July 2002. I produce and host several TV programs in Farsi and English on New Channel TV, a satellite TV broadcasting into Iran, which can also be seen on the Internet. One of my programs is called "No to Political Islam". I publish a journal called Reflections - political and personal and also participate in many international-speaking engagements. I am a member of WPI leadership. I live in England with my 3 children.
Azar Majedi Site
Women's Liberation Iran (Azadi Zan)
Mansoor Hekmat Foundation

New Channel TV
WPI - Worker Communist Party of Iran

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Azar Majedi during a speech

Azar Majedi with Kurdish Guerillas

Azar Majedi at WPI Symposium

Azar Majedi during discussion

Azar Majedi during a presentation

Azar Majedi at Mansoor Hekmat's Tomb

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