Filtering Iranian Women

re:publica 2015
Politics & Society


What does the online world mean for the women's movement? Increasingly, campaigns for equality and defiance against unjust policies towards the women of Iran have taken place on platforms such as Facebook. But how is the Iranian government reacting to this space that it has little to no control over? New Internet policies, arrests, and explicit statements are trying to curtail women's presence in the public sphere. Iran Internet researcher Mahsa Alimardani discusses what online campaigns and Internet policies mean for women in the offline world.


Women are amongst one of the subject matters that places the powers to be in the  Islamic Republic of Iran at unease. The proliferation of the Internet in Iran was one of the most liberalizing elements to the women's movement for social and political equality inside Iran. Recently, the popularity of platforms such as Facebook, despite being blocked, has meant the government has been forced to loosen its control on women's content, and dialogue.

The social media phenomenon of "My Stealthy Freedom" on Facebook is the best example of this, with around a million followers and participants. This talk will look at how women are increasingly become more active in the online public sphere in the face of Internet controls. Also, a discussion of new findings regarding how images of women are filtered through a new Internet technique.

Ignite Talk


Donnerstag, 7. Mai 2015 - 12:30 bis 13:00


Persian Editor at GV and Co-Director of Iran Voices
Global Voices and Iran Voices