By staff contributor Milad Pournik
Perhaps you have heard of Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate in 2003, but have you heard of khaneh-yeh-khorshid (translated as “the house of the sun”), an Iranian NGO that works with over 100 female drug addicts in Tehran?
The photo below portrays a scene characterizing the reality that women have been, and continue to, carry out the most painstaking yet unacknowledged work in Iranian society. NGOs working to support women and girls share this feature with their intended beneficiaries. My paper attempts to raise awareness around the work done by Iranian civil society organizations to advance the standing of women and girls.
The report provides a brief history of the women’s movement in Iran and a review of the current state of civil society groups working with women and girls. A statistical background provides the context in which civil society works to empower women and girls. Informed by interviews, the report highlights seven featured NGOs, whose activities range from helping female drug addicts to working with Afghan refugee women and children; from promoting women entrepreneurs to educating adolescent girls; and from supporting HIV/AIDS widows to rehabilitating disabled children.
You can access the paper here.