Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Leading Women's Rights Activist in Iran
Hijri 1377-Present (AH); Common Era 1958-Present (CE)
Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh is a founding member of several initiatives to promote women's rights in Iran. Ms. Abbsagholizadeh founded Meydaan Zanan (Women’s Field), a network connecting a number of female organizations. She was also instrumental in the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign. She has been involved in a number of groundbreaking projects aimed at empowering the women of Iran. Additionally Ms. Abbasgholizadeh, has published a number of important articles on the status of women Iran. She was editor in chief of Farzaneh Journal, a journal dedicated to women’s studies and research. Since 1995, Ms. Abbasgholizadeh has worked on the Beijing Platform for Action as a director of the NGO coordination center. Additionally she is the editor and chief researcher of the Alternative National Report on Women's Status in Iran, which was presented at Beijing+10, New York, 2005. She has been arrested twice for her activities related to defending women’s rights. Recently, she has started making documentaries on key issues facing Iranian women and has co-founded the creation of a collection of progressive films.