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Women Lead A Year of Trial and Protest in Iran: Reflections from the Middle East Women’s Initiative


In marking the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death, the Middle East Program Women's Initiative has released its collected insights on the movement that followed and its impact on Iran, the region, and beyond. Distinguished Fellow and Director Emerita Haleh Esfandiari contributed numerous analyses, offering nuanced insights that delving into the burgeoning movement in its early days and the reactions from the regime. Wilson Center authors also contributed their work, including MEP Director Merissa Khurma and Middle East fellow Marina Ottaway, in addition to other independent voices. This publication represents the most timely and engaging discussion of events stemming from Amini's death, earnestly documenting the complex socio-political currents coursing through a transformative period in Iran.


Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

Middle East Women's Initiative

The Middle East Women's Initiative (MEWI) promotes the empowerment of women in the region through an open and inclusive dialogue with women leaders from the Middle East and continuous research.  Read more