Masih Alinejad is an Iranian-American journalist and women’s rights activist who gained worldwide attention when she removed her hijab and posted a photo on her Facebook page standing proudly with her hair blowing in the wind. My Stealthy Freedom, her 2014 viral social media campaign, sparked a civil disobedience movement against compulsory hijab in Iran. Today, My Stealthy Freedom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Iranian women and their freedom as they face continued persecution from Iranian authorities who have responded violently to ongoing activism by harassing and beating protesters, firing into crowds, making arrests, and violating the human rights of those in custody.
Currently living in exile in New York City, Alinejad continues to oppose Iran’s regime, speak in defense of fellow activists, and offer valuable insights into the protests throughout her country. In recognition of her commitment to human rights, she has received UN Watch’s Women’s Rights Award and the American Jewish Committee's Moral Courage Award, among other honors.
The program will start at 6:30 p.m. and the reception will follow, allowing our friends observing Ramadan to break their fast after sundown. There will be a room available for prayer.
The Funk Family Upstander Speaker Series showcases individuals and organizations who stand up for human rights on a local, national, or global level.
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