To learn more about Leila Heller and upcoming shows at her galleries in Dubai or New York, please visit www.leilahellergallery.com
I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient.
While Iran has a long way to go, it's hard to take the view that what America needs to do to meet its vital national interests is to strengthen the Saudi hand in the world while keeping Iran isolated. So as president Obama quoted Yitzhak Rabin "You don't make peace with friends." You make it with very unsavory enemies."
Iran is changing. The behavior of the people today would have not been tolerated 35 years ago in the immediate post-Revolutionary period. The cumulative effect of these behavioral and cultural changes is a transformation of Iranian society that will likely never be reversed.
In a matter of one week in the U.S. and Iran, authorities have made decisions that restrain women's right to control their bodies.
Iran-Brazil volleyball matches, part of FIVB Volleyball World League, held on June 13 and 16 in Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran. In both games, Iranian women were absent in the audience while a few of them, holding national flag, had gathered outside the complex.
A selfie war is happening in Iran. Women are sharing photos of themselves online... without a hijab.
What has happened to the courageous Iranian women's movement of dissent that gave inspiration to the protests of the Arab Spring uprisings?
Now that many names of those in Evin prison have been published, these courageous women must not be forgotten and the Iranian government should be pressured for their immediate release.
At this summer's London paralympics, Iran's Zahra Nemati won an archery gold, becoming the first Iranian woman to win a gold medal at any Olympic Games.
If you are like me and believe in the power of education, the thought of women being denied the right to learn is frightening.
Female students learned of the bans, which will affect 77 fields across 36 universities, in letters received throughout the
Unfortunately, Iranian women's deprivation of one of their primary rights -- the right to wear what they want in public -- has yet to garner attention in the era of 'Islamophobia.'
In the tradition of ancient Japanese warriors, thousands of Iranian woman are training to be ninjas. Iranian women have earned
The naked photos of Golshifteh Farahani emerged in the moment when Iranian youth are transforming the political and social language of their country, freeing themselves from any state-imposed discourse towards women in their "public" presence.
Although sanctions imposed on a nation labeled "rogue" may make some senators more secure about their reelection prospects, they affect people on the ground in a tragically adverse way. For most women, they make life in a sparse economy even more arduous.
Image-making is by definition always a process of objectification; Iranian-American artist Taravat Talepasand extends this process by incorporating the use of self-portraiture into her work.
Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.
Iran's influence on the board of UN Women is a threat to the progress achieved by women's rights movements in Muslim countries that still linger under centuries-old traditions and autocratic regimes.