International Human Rights Day: Three Women in Conversation about Woman, Life, Freedom movement in Iran


In celebrating International Human Rights day and observing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights anniversary.

The United Nations Association * San Fernando Valley Chapter & American Association of University Women brings this event to you. 

Key speakers  Dr. Nayereh Tohidi, Professor & Director of ME&IS@CSUN, and  Ms. Ava Homa Award Winning Author and Journalist.

Facilitator: Dr. Soraya Fallah, UNAUSA*SFV Vice-president Program/Advocacy Chair







This session is about the "Women, Life, Freedom/ Jin, Jiyan, Azadi" movement, which is protesting Iran's violation of human rights toward women, ethnic minorities and different social strata groups. Learn about the UN Human Rights Council's Independent International Fact-finding Committee. Learn how to stand with the people of Iran using your platforms to bring about positive changes in the lives of millions who are fighting for their freedom!

About our speakers


Ava Homa is an award-winning novelist, a seasoned journalist, and a human rights activist. Her bylines have appeared in publications such as the Globe and MailLiterary HubToronto Star, Literary Review of Canada, Room Magazine, and many more. She has spoken about women's rights across North America and Europe, including at the United Nations, Geneva. 


Ava has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, Canada. Her book of short stories on modern Iranian women Echoes from the Other Land was nominated for the 2011 Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize. Her debut novel Daughters of Smoke and Fire, the story of a Kurdish woman’s search for justice and freedom, won the 2020 Nautilus Book Award. Daughters of Smoke and Fire was also nominated for the 2022 William Saroyan International Writing Prize and it's Roxane Gay's December book club pick. 



About the speakers Nayereh Esfahlani Tohidi (Persian is an Iranian-born American professor, researcher, and academic administrator. Tohidi is a Professor Emerita and former Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Founding Director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (from 2011 to 2021) at California State University, Northridge.

She is also a research associate at the Center for Near Eastern Studies of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she had coordinated the Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran since 2003.[4] She specializes in the fields of gender, Islam, feminism, modernity, and democracy; ethnicity and ethno-religious movements; and human and women's rights in the Persianate and Turkic Societies of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Tohidi's publications include editorship or authorship of Globalization, Gender and Religion: The Politics of Women’s Rights in Catholic and Muslim ContextsWomen in Muslim Societies: Diversity within Unity; and Feminism, Democracy and Islamism in Iran. Her work has appeared in Ms. magazine.

Organizer and moderator of this program:

Dr. Soraya Fallah 

Soraya is a lifelong woman and human rights researcher, and advocate. She is the former co-president of the UNASUA-SFV chapter and the current UNA-USA chapter advocacy chair and programming. She is also part of funding member and the first ambassador of USNC for the UNWomen Greater LA chapter with the mission of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. 


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