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Charis and Agnes Scott College welcome Dr. Mona Tajali for Women, Life, Freedom: A Teach-in on the women-led protests in Iran. In this teach-in: Mona Tajali will discuss the significance and implications of the recent women-led protests that erupted in Iran following the killing of Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa (Jina) Amini while in police custody for her attire in September 2022. Tajali will briefly discuss why observers in the West need to pay attention to this liberatory movement, how to support it, show solidarity, and even learn from this grassroots effort for bodily autonomy and basic rights currently unfolding in Iran. This event is co-sponsored by the Agnes Scott College Middle East Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, and International Relations Departments.
Mona Tajali is Associate Professor of International Relations and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Agnes Scott College. She is the author of Women’s Political Representation in Iran and Turkey: Demanding a Seat at the Table (Edinburgh University Press 2022), which investigates how religious and cultural norms, attitudes, institutional structures, and voter behavior affect the representation of women and quality of democracy in Muslim contexts, with a comparative focus on Iran and Turkey. Considering herself a public intellectual, Mona Tajali publishes or speaks about her research findings in both academic and popular outlets, among them, for the Middle East Journal, Politics & Gender, The Washington Post, and CNN International.
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How have women in many Muslim-majority countries been able to achieve surprising success despite the significant constraints imposed by conservative gender ideology and authoritarian political parties and systems? Through a comparative focus on Iran and Turkey, Mona Tajili examines the activities and strategies of women's rights groups across the ideological spectrum.