The Democracy Summit is pleased to welcome Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American journalist and women's rights activist, to discuss the pro-democracy movement in Iran for its opening event. The Democracy Summit, jointly convened by The Dartmouth Political Union, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, will host several lectures & debates on the state of democracy from winter 2023 through winter 2024.
Speaker Biography: Alinejad 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. From that, My Stealthy Freedom was born—her viral social media campaign against compulsory hijab that became the biggest civil disobedience movement in the history of the Islamic Republic. Today, it has almost 11 million followers. Iranian authorities responded violently, arresting protesters and violating their rights while in custody. She is one of the most prominent and vocal opposition figures challenging the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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