Revisiting the question of
the veil - Must the veil be banned?
a Threat to Humankind
A child is born
with no religion
of women's liberation movement in Iran
What is Gender
build an international secular movement!
is an Industry!
A Brief Biography
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
Mansoor Hekmat Foundation
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