Mansoureh Shojaee

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Mansoureh Shojaee
منصوره شجاعی.jpg
Born (1958-08-21) 21 August 1958 (age 63)
Alma materAllameh Tabataba'i University
  • Author
  • Translator
ChildrenBamdad Davoudi

Mansoureh Shojaee (Persian: منصوره شجاعی‎; born 21 August 1958 in Tehran, Iran), is a leading Iranian women's rights activist and writer.


Mansoureh Shojaee is one of the founding members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, attempting to collect a million signatures for women's equal rights. As a part of the campaign she has taken part in protests that have been violently silenced.

Her activism includes partnership with UNICEF and grass-roots organizations and has involved establishing  domestic and mobile libraries for women and children in deprived areas.[1]

In the 1990s Shojaee, along with e.g. Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani and some others, established the Women's Cultural Centre (Markaz-e Farhangi-ye Zanan), which since then has been a center for forming opinions, analyzing and documenting the women's issues in Iran. She is also one of the founding members of Sediqeh Dowlatabadi's library.[2] The Library is for Iranian women and about Iranian women' researchers.[3]

In the early 1990s, due to her environmental interests she became a board- memberfor the "Association of Women in Against Environmental Pollution" where she wrote and translated works in the field of ecofeminism.[4][5]

Mansoureh Shojaee along with Shirin Ebadi established "Iranian Women Museum" in Iran.[6]

Amongst her singular accompishments, Mansoureh In 2002, helped found (with a secular women's group) Iran's first feminist organization, the Women's Cultural Center, launched the Sedigheh Dolatabadi[7] and Evaz Women's Library (in Lar)[8] in 2004-2005 respectively and in 2006 she aided in the creation of the One Million Signatures Campaign.

One of her activities was in The Children Books Council of Iran (IBBYIR) for 10 years from 1994 to 2004 where she was in charge of providing library for blind Children through providing talking books and learning how to provide a talking book. she was awarded Testimonial Statute honors through IBBYIR (the international Board of Books for Young People) in 2010.

Mansoureh Shojaee was arrested at her home in the early hours of December 29 after Ashura Protests.[9]

Police agents arrived at her home at 11:30 p.m. on 28 December 2009 and waited for her with her son present, until Shojaee and her husband arrived home at 3:30 a.m. The agents then arrested Shojaee and transferred her to prison.[10] Police officials inspected her house and collected some of her personal belongings as well as her mobile phone and computer, before taking her to prison.[11]

Security officials refused to reveal the location of her detention or the charge she has been arrested for.[12]

Shojaee[13] was arrested twice before;[14] once in the airport while she was traveling to New Delhi[15] for an educational journalism workshop on January 26, 2007,[16] and for the second time,[17] during campaign activities in Khorramabad on September 14, 2007. Since then she has not been allowed her passport and is prohibited[18] to leave the country.[19]

Mansoureh Shojaee wrote an article about Ashura Protest[20] before she was arrested.[21]

  • Mass Arrests of Women and Civil Society Activists in Iran Continue[22]
  • Arrest of 19 Activists from the Women's Movement, Women Journalists and Civil Activists[23]
  • Help Free Courageous Iranian Activists / Feminist Majority[24]

Mansoureh has been studying human rights and gender studies at Institute of social science in Erasmus Institute of social science in Erasmus and is currently engaged in work as a researcher in the field of women with the Department of Social Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam[25] and Iran Academia of Social Sciences (ISSH).

Published Books & Book Chapters[edit]

  • Prison memories. 2020 [26]
  • Honor killings. 2020 [27]
  • Science, Power, and Gender. 2020. Editorial in issue no.10 of Freedom of Thought.[28]
  • “How difficult it is to found a womens museum: An experience from IRAN”. (in) Feminist Pedagogy: Museum, Memory Sites, Practices of Remembrance. Meral Akkent, S. Nehir Kovar(EDs.) Istos Publishing House, Istanbul 2019, 304p. English and Turkish. ISBN 978-605-4640-72-0
  • “The Iranian Women's Movement Museum”. (in) Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Cahnge. Edited by Jenna C Ashton. Museumsetc,Edingburg & Boston, 2018. ISBN 978-1-910144-99-2
  • Exstase, (in) PEN-Antholgie Zuflucht in Deutschland: Text verfolgter Autoren. S.Rischer Verlag, Franziska Sperr. Germany.PEN: 2017. ISBN 978-3-596-29800-6 (German)
  • Women's Voices: The Journey towards Cyberfeminism in Iran.(Hard copy) Iran Academia Publications, ISS (Institute of Social Study), 2016. ISBN 978-168418212-1
  • Women's voices: The journey towards cyberfeminism in Iran. Iss Working paper series/General Series. International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University. ISSN 0921-0210
  • “Hopes and Struggles for Transformation” in The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development, Edited by Wendy Harcourt.2016. ISBN 978-1-78684-177-3
  • Shahrzade's Sisters: Women in Iran. Mansoureh Shojaee. Published by Frauen in de Einen Welt. 2013. 136p. ill. ( 3 languages: Persian, German, English). 136p. ISBN 978-3-935225-08-3
  • Liebe ohne –reisepass. (in)Fremde Heimat: Texte aus dem Exil. Matthes & Seitz Berlin. 392 p. ISBN 978-3-88221-096-5. (German)
  • Im Gefangnis. ( in Kssiber) .Deutche Shillergesellischaft. - Im Gefamgis (in) Geschrieben Gegen Alle Verbote, Writer in Prison, Writerin Exile PEN-Zentrum Deutschland ISBN 978-3-937384-83-2
  • Comme un roman. Daniel Pennac. Translated by Mansoureh Shojaee and Bita Khalili. Published by Nashr-e Sales. Tehran, 2010. 157p. ISBN 978-964-380-629-3
  • ”Eco-Feminism”.Translated by Mansoureh Shojaee . (in) Environmental Ethics: Readings in Theory and Application. Louis P. Pojman. Published by Nashr-e Toseh. Tehran, 2003. 2V. ISBN 964-6609-57-0
  • Environmental and Economy. Translated by Shahrokh Vazirdaftari. Edited by Mansoureh Shojaee. Published by Iranian Environment organization.Tehran : 2002.
  • Bibliography of Mathematics. Preparing by Mansoureh Shojaee, Mahnaz Rahbari. Published by Iranian National Library. Tehran, 1986.
  • Bibliography of Theatre. Published in “Faslnameh Theatre”. 1990.
  • We're Encountering Unlistening Ears: But Iranian Mothers and Daughters are Screaming[29]
  • A Journey to the Seven Loveless Realms of Violence on the Anniversary of Universal Day to Stop Violence against Women[30]
  • The Women Goat sellers of Minab: Workers? Sheppards? Wives? Mothers?.....[31]
  • The Daughters of Happy Alleys and Safe Streets/The Daughters of Murderous Cities and Blood-Spattered Land[32]
  • The History of International Women's Day in Iran[33]
  • Zur kampagne „Eine Million Unterschriften für Gleichberechtigung“[34]
  • Women's voices: The journey towards cyberfeminism in Iran[35]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ كتابخانه سيار و كتابدار پابرهنه
  2. ^ Bad Jens -Inauguration of the Women's Library and Resource Center on March 8, 2005
  3. ^ The Feminist School Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ من و واندانا شیوا (جنبش زنان و اکوفمینیسم)
  5. ^ اخلاق زیست محیطی
  6. ^ Archive | Deutsche Welle Archived 1 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ سايت کتابخانه صديقه دولت آبادی
  8. ^ گزارشی درباره تنها کتابخانه تخصصی زنان شهر اوز بانوی اوز چشم به راه زنان است
  9. ^ Iran: Call for release of human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience | Women Reclaiming and Redefining Cultures
  10. ^ Maria de França, Mansoureh Shojaii arrétée en Iran - La Règle du Jeu
  11. ^ Change for Equality
  12. ^ "خانه :: روزآنلاین". Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  13. ^ Azadeh Pourzand: A Beautiful Angel in a Dark Prison
  14. ^ The Feminist School Archived 3 September 2012 at
  15. ^ Iran: Increasing attacks on Women Human Rights Defenders / January 30, 2007 / Urgent Interventions / Violence against women / OMCT
  16. ^ Mansoureh Shojaei | Front Line Archived 24 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Do Signature Campaign Activists Belong on Trial? | Women News Network
  18. ^ Iran: More Social Figures Barred from Exiting Country
  19. ^ Sister Of Iran's Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi Arrested
  20. ^ 2009 Ashura protests
  21. ^ The Feminist School Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ PAIC - Progressive American-Iranian Committee » Human Rights Archived 2 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ 19 out of the 23 Activists from the - The Feminist School Archived 30 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Feminist Majority Foundation (Help Free Courageous Iranian Activists) Archived 15 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Personal profile
  26. ^ "روایت‌هایی از زندان".
  27. ^ "ناموس!".
  28. ^ [1]
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ The Feminist School Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ The Women Goat sellers of Minab: Workers? - The Feminist School Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ The Daughters of Happy Alleys and Safe Streets - The Feminist School Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  33. ^ The History of International Women's Day in Iran - The Feminist School Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ Zur kampagne „Eine Million Unterschriften für ... - The Feminist School Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ Shojaee, Mansoureh (18 October 2016). "Women's voices: The journey towards cyberfeminism in Iran". ISS Working Paper Series / General Series. 621.

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