Speaking of Iran

One Woman Stands Against the Iranian Government

June 18, 2015
Speaking of Iran
One Woman Stands Against the Iranian Government
One Woman Stands Against the Iranian Government

FOREIGN POLICY

BY GOLNAZ ESFANDIARI

On a warm, sunny morning in early June, Nasrin Sotoudeh arrived at the offices of the Iranian Bar Association in central Tehran shortly after 9 a.m. The bespectacled, petite 52-year-old was wearing a blue manteau, beige pants, and red shoes. To comply with the compulsory hijab law, Sotoudeh had covered her short hair with her favorite white scarf. On the scarf is a verse from a poem by Iran’s prominent pre-revolutionary feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad: “I will greet the sun again.”

 

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