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The failure of the Green Movement in Iran

From November 13, 2012 until November 21, 2012

On November 20th and 21st, Professor Farian Sabahi, from the University of Turin, gave lectures on the consequences the failure of the Green Movement in Iran has on women’s rights. It took place in Cordoba and in Madrid.

In Cordoba, the speech was organized by Casa Árabe and the UNESCO Chair in conflicts resolution of the University of Cordoba and it was introduced by Eduardo López Busquets, director general of Casa Árabe. It took place on November 20th at Casa Árabe’s Auditorium (c/Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). The following day, on Wednesday 21st, Professor Sabahi gave her speech at Casa Árabe in Madrid (c/Alcalá, 62). Both events were free and at 19.30.

Farian Sabahi analyzed the causes of the failure of the Green Movement in Iran, setting a comparison with the Arab springs, and she went through the consequences those events have had on women’s rights. Precisely in the case of Iran, the analysis focused on the decision of President Ahmadinejad’s government –whose term ends in June 2013- to prevent female students from getting into some science faculties and the new birth control policy. These measures are aimed to stop the emancipation of women and have as a background the current financial crisis: oil exports have cut into a half compared to last year, inflation has risen 50 per cent and local currency has devaluated by 300 per cent to US dollar.

Farian Sabahi
She is a professor teaching History of Islamic Countries at the University of Turin (Italy). She is an expert in Iran, Yemen, Islam in Europe and Arab and Muslim countries and has written several books on those topics. She publishes periodically articles on the Italian press and she has taken part in the making of several documentary films.