Azar Majedi: A Brief Biography
Azar Majedi is born in Iran, she has finished
her university education abroad and returned to Iran at the time of the
revolution against the monarchy in 1978. She became active both politically and
in defence of women’s rights while a university student.
Since 1978 she has devoted her life to fighting
against the dictatorial regimes in Iran, first the monarchy and then Islamic
Republic, fighting for freedom and equality, fighting for women’s rights. She
was active in all the demonstrations to oppose the restrictions the Islamic
Republic was imposing on women. She organised an 8 March celebration in 1979.She
wrote and translated articles and pamphlets in defence of women’s rights.
In 1982 when the Islamic Republic had begun
brutal attacks against all the left and opposition groups, torturing and killing
thousands, she and her husband were forced to escape from the security forces,
and left for Kurdistan. Azar continued her activities, working in a clandestine
left Radio as a producer-broadcaster, working as a member of editorial board of
a left journal.
Azar moved to Europe in 1984. There she
continued her activities both as a women’s’ rights activist and as a political
activist against the Islamic Republic. She has worked with the International
Campaign for the Defence of Women’s Rights in Iran. She co-founded the Center
for Women and Socialism. She has published many articles in different journals.
She has both organized and participated in different international conferences
relating to women’s rights issues, political Islam, and wider political issues.
She has worked in alternative media, she is the editor of Medusa, a journal
dealing with women’s issues, for 3 years from 1999-2002, she was the director of
Radio International, a radio broadcasting into Iran,
which can also be heard in Europe and on the
Azar has written numerous articles on women’s
issues, social and political questions. Many of her articles have been published
in various international web sites. She has been interviewed by various
international media, BBC, Voice of America, International Herald Tribune, Time
magazine, More 4 channel news; she has appeared on ITV, “It’s my life” show on
the issue of freedom of speech.
She founded the Organization for Women’s
Liberation - Iran in November
2002, and at present is acting as its chair. She
has also founded Mansoor Hekmat foundation in July 2002. Azar produces and hosts
several TV programmes in Farsi and English on New Channel TV, a satellite TV
broadcasting into Iran, which can also be seen on the internet. On of her
programmes is called No to Political Islam. She publishes a journal called
Reflections - political and personal and has many international speaking
engagements. She is a member of WPI leadership. Azar lives in England with her 3
Updated July 2006-07