In the House of an Ayatollah

Maryam Faghihimani
Middle East and North Africa
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Iranian human rights scholar and activist Maryam Faghihimani describes her personal experience as the daughter of one of Iran’s most prominent ayatollahs. She talks about growing up in a religious household, being denied the chance at an education, and becoming a prisoner of ideology. By telling the audience her own story, Faghihimani seeks to highlight the Iranian regime’s harsh oppression of women. She concludes her speech by describing her organization, the Centre for Cultural Diplomacy and Development, and its efforts to combat the intolerance and extremism fueled by Iran’s leaders.

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