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Hoda Mahmoudi: Effects, Obstacles, and Transformations of “Woman, Life, Freedom”

Hoda Mahmoudi: Effects, Obstacles, and Transformations of “Woman, Life, Freedom”

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On September 14, 2023, the Iran 1400 Project interviewed Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi about the effects, obstacles, goals, and potential transformations of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement. She delved into the situation of women in the Islamic Republic, discussing the constraints imposed by the government on their freedom. She emphasized the importance of the women’s movement going back to the mid 19th-century, connecting it to the 2022 uprisings. She touched on institutional changes made by and for women in the past two decades, highlighting the enactment of new laws while acknowledging the necessity for additional steps. While acknowledging that the movement raised awareness of the plight of women in Iran, she also spoke of the severe suppression exerted by the Iranian government on its populace.


This interview is part of a series of 17 interviews on the Woman, Life, Freedom movement. If you’d like to watch the other videos from this series, click here:

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Professor Hoda Mahmoudi is the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, College Park. She collaborates with a wide range of scholars, researchers, and practitioners to advance interdisciplinary examination and discourse on global peace. Her writings have appeared in leading publications, including Organizational Studies, International Review of Modern Sociology, and The Journal of Bahá’í Studies. Professor Mahmoudi serves as an advisory board member of the Iran 1400 Project.

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