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Women and Elections in Iran: Does it Matter?

June 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

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Homa Hoodfar is a Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, at Concordia University, Montreal. Hoodfar’s field-based research are in political economy and legal anthropology; focusing on reproductive rights; Afghan women and youth refugees in Iran and Pakistan; women in formal and informal politics; hijab and dress codes as political institutions; gender and citizenship; Muslim women’s sports as politics; and gender and the public sphere in Muslim contexts.
Mona Tajali is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Women’s Studies at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and an affiliate of the Middle East Studies programme at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. Her areas of expertise are gender and politics, human rights, and social movements in Muslim countries. Her current book manuscript investigates how religious and cultural norms, attitudes, institutional structures and voter behaviour affect the representation of women and quality of democracy in Muslim contexts.


With the public interested in the Iranian Presidential Election in June 2021, the Institute hosted two panel discussions in collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Institute-UTM.