Sussan Tahmasebi is a leading women's rights advocate and expert from Iran. Her work has focused on promoting women's rights and peace in the Middle East and North Africa and Asia. Tahmasebi is the co-founder and Executive Director of FEMENA, an organization which supports women human rights defenders, their organizations and feminist movements in the Middle East and North Africa and Asia regions  Tahmasebi is a leading expert on the situation of women in Iran and the Middle East. She is a founding member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, a grassroots effort working to end gender-biased laws in Iran. While in Iran Tahmasebi also worked to support the development of Iran's emerging civil society. To this end she co-founded the Iran CSO Training and Research Center and served as its board member. In the US she continued her work to promote women's rights and strengthen civil society with an expanded focus on the MENA/Asia region. She served as the Director of MENA/Asia region at the International Civil Society Action Network (2011-2017), an organization focused on promoting peace and women's rights, which she co-founded.
Sussan Tahmasebi was awarded the Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 she was also recognized as one of "150 Women Who Shake the World" by Newsweek. Her work to support women's rights is featured as part of the permanent exhibition on the global human rights movement "A Spark Of Conviction" at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, in Atlanta, GA. Tahmasebi was also honored by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights with its 2016 "Power to Inspire" Award. Also, in 2016, Tahmasebi's work to support women's rights and peace in the MENA and Asia region was recognized by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). One of "12 activists Who Make You Hopeful for Feminist Futures without Fundamentalism" her pioneering work on behalf of women was honored, along with fellow rights activists Zainah Anwar and Dawn Cavanagh and others.
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