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A Report: MehrAngiz Kar Talk at MIT about “Women and Presidential Elections in Iran”

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


MehrAngiz Kar Talk at MIT about

“Women and Presidential Elections in Iran”

(a brief Report)

by: Mohammad Behnood

May 17, 2009

Ms. Mehrangiz Kar, the prominent Iranian attorney and human/women rights expert/activist, gave an enlightening talk on May 17, 2009 at MIT under the title of:

“Women and 2009 Presidential Elections in Iran”

Her talk was part of the closing event for the

“Festival of Acclaimed Persian Movies for a

Better Understanding of Iranian Women”

(In recognition of Iranian Women Struggle for

Justice, Equality, and Freedom

during the  past 3 decades)

A total of 5 highly rated movies screened during this festival, every Sunday, from April 12, to May 17, 2009. These movie screenings and its closing event were all sponsored by

MIT Iranian Cultural Group

which had also organized another event at MIT in January 2009 called:

“A Brief Study of Iran through 5 Acclaimed Movies at MIT”

 (A journey into some aspects of

Iranian history, society and culture

during past 5 decades).


The May-17 event attracted over 100 people despite being held on the Sunday, a day before MIT final exams start. The audience was consisted of men/women, Iranian/foreigner, students/faculty, and many community leaders from inside and outside MIT present. It had an exceptional number of audience comparing to similar events in recent years. For example, multiple times more people attended this event, even in comparison to other well-organized and widely advertised MIT talks such as:

                        US-Iran Relations (by MIT CIS Star Forum on May 5, 2009).

This was yet another indication that the community not only is interested in but also values quality events, as MIT authorities did by announcing it on the home page of MIT web site as the top campus events on May 17, 2009.


The May-17 event started promptly at 5pm and formally ended as scheduled at 8pm but many stayed until 9pm to exchange ideas with the speakers and others during the reception.


Screening of Video Clips: “History of Women Movements in Iran”

In the first part of the program, the following set of 5 informative short video clips about the history of women rights movements in Iran were shown:

Iranian Women in Power (10 min.)

State versus Iranian Filmmakers (15 min.)

BBC March 2007 Night News report on Women’s Day in Iran (10 min.)

Ahmadinejad’s Words Before 2005-Election (1 min.)

Ahmadinejad’s Deeds After 2005-Election (2 min.)

Women Right’s in Iran - part 1 of 7 (10 min.)


Introduction by Dr. Taalebinezhaad

Dr. Ali Taalebinezhad, the founder and director of Shirin Science Center (an Influential Iranian NGO), gave his brief introduction on:

Iranian Government vs. Independent Civil Organizations

He explained how Ahmadinejad regime systematically started closing down all the independent civil organizations in Iran as soon as he got to power in 2005. He continued his talk by giving some details about the illegal and brutal tactics that Ahmadinejad regime used for closing Shirin Science Center which had over 100+ volunteered staff and 1,500+ members, just because it was independently promoting the advancement of Science, Technology, and Culture among the young generation in Iran and was giving equal opportunities to women and men at all levels. You can learn more about the detailed story at:

How and Why Ahmadinejad  Regime Closed Shirin Science Center?


Dr. Taalebinezhaad concluded his remarks by emphasizing the importance of not self-censoring and instead being socially responsible, especially when it comes to dealing with a regime like Ahmadinejad. He ended his talk by the following statement:


President Obama in his 2009 message to Iranian people for Norouz (Iranian New year), used the first line from the famous poem by Sa’di (legendary Iranian Poet) as the hallmark of his speech which translates to:

The children of Adam are limbs to each other,

having been created from one essence.

This line simply states the base but the most important part of that poem, namely its concluding lines were missing from Obama’s message, where it says:

When the calamity of time afflicts one limb,

the other limbs cannot remain at rest.

If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others,

you are not worthy of being called  a human.”


Talk by Ms. Mehangiz Kar

Ms. Mehrangiz Kar who is currently the visiting fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School could communicate in English but decided to give her 1-hour talk in Persian in order to avoid simplifying the legal codes and arguments. Instead Ms. Azadeh Pourzand who is doing her graduate studies at Harvard Kennedy School of Government professionally presented the live English translation for the talk. Ms. Kar used her social and legal insights and experience to draw a clear picture of the human and woman rights violations in Iran with an emphasis on the role of women in the upcoming June-12 presidential election. The following is a list of her articles which give the details about some of the issues she covered in her talk at MIT:

Election Hyper Energy (May 8, 2009)

Iranian Women and the Tenth Presidential Election (May 4, 2009)

Women and the Tenth Administration (Apr. 19, 2009)

Discrimination against Women under Iranian Law (Dec. 11, 2008)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Dec. 20, 2008)

I Am Attracted by the Candidates’ Speeches (BBC, May 26, 2009)


For more information about Mehrangiz Kar other articles, books and especially her intriguing and detailed biography, please visit her website at:


Q/A Session and Appreciation Certificate

Mehrangiz Kar talk was followed by a 30-minute open question and answer session. At the end, she was presented with an MIT writing gift set and a framed Appreciation Certificate by Ms. Anahita Maghami and Dr. Ali Taalebinezhaad on behalf of MIT Iranian Cultural Group. You can find an image of Ms. Kar’s Appreciation Certificate at:

MIT Iranian Cultural Group Appreciation Certificate for Mehrangiz Kar.



This event officially ended around 8pm but many stayed to about 9pm to talk to the speakers and other audience during the reception.


More Info:

MIT Iranian Cultural Group events page on


اطلاعات بیشتر:

سخنرانی مهرانگیز کار در ام.آی.تی.: “زنان و انتخابات ریاست جمهوری ایران”

صفحه رویدادهای گروه فرهنگی ایرانی دانشگاه  ام.آی.تی. در  

Festival of Acclaimed Persian Movies for a Better Understanding of Iranian Women

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Festival of Acclaimed Movies for a

Better Understanding of Iranian Women

(In recognition of Iranian Women Struggle for

Justice, Equality, and Freedom

during  past 3 decades)


Organized by:

MIT Persian Cultural Group

Free Admission!


(Apr. 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10, 17, 2009)

5pm sharp!

MIT Room 4-237 (Building 4, 2nd floor)


All movies are in Persian with English subtitles!



Dayereh” (The Circle)

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Jafar Panahi/2000


A detailed and realistic portray of the life women who are abandoned by the society.

It shows the underlying reasons for their misfortunes and commonalities of social challenges with ordinary people.





Zendan Zanan” (Women’s Prison)

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Manijeh Hekmat/2002


The movie depicts some aspects if Iran prisons and the life of women prisoners which spans for 17 years but the story goes beyond that to cover many other related social problems.




Vakonesh Panjom” (Fifth Reaction)

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Tahmineh Milani/2003


Everyday concerns of urban women, their entrapment in the loop of unfair laws and cultural restrictions and their efforts for progress.





Do Zan” (Two Women)

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Tahmineh Milani/1999


A clear depiction of how some traditions prevent women from realizing their full potential while their common civil rights are violated without any governmental concerns.




Roozi Ke Zan Shodam” (The Day I became a Women)

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Marziyeh Meshkini/1999


The natural desire of women as a human being for becoming

inquisitive, determined, and independent.






(A Tentative Time slot for a Concluding Movie and/or Talk on the main topic)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Please send your suggestions for this tentative movie and/or speaker to:

For more information and updated flyer of this event, please visit/download:

!سن واقعی و طول عمر خود را پیدا کنیدYour Real age & life expectancy

Monday, September 24th, 2007


سن واقعی و طول عمر خود را پیدا کنید!

با سپاس از: اقلیما

2 مهر 1386


یک فرد 49 ساله می تواند مانند یک فرد 29 ساله  احساس کند، قدرت داشته باشد،   به نظر برسد(بجزمویش) و بیش از  صد سال نیز عمر کند! نتیجه تحقیقات علمی درستی این موضوع را برای افرادی که از روش زندگی خوب و تغذیه مناسب برخوردارند و بطور مرتب  ورزش میکنند را نشان داده است.


پیوند زیر با استفاده از دانش علمی و براساس اطلاعاتی که شما در مورد نوع زندگی و سن بیولوژیکی خود به آن می دهید، میتواند سن واقعی و طول عمر شما را تخمین بزند.

سن واقعی و طول عمر خود را با استفاده از این برنامه کامپیوتری تخمین بزنید!


اطلاعات بیشتر:

تحقیقات جدید حقایق حیرت آوری را در مورد تغییرات بدن ارائه می دهد!

تنفس عمیق: راز سلامتی روح، روان و بدن




Estimate your real age and your life expectancy

Thanks to: Eghlima

Sep. 24, 2007


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More Information:

New research reveals surprising facts about our changing bodies

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