The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article spotlighting the work of one Iranian woman, Nazanin Gohari, as an example of the women's movement in Iran. Originally a hairdresser, the middle-aged Gohari began organizing on behalf of women after attending a women's health workshop.
She didn't want to go at first. But from the beginning of the initial session, on breast self-examinations, it was a revelation. One of her best friends had died of breast cancer. "It was eye-opening," she said. "Those 10 minutes changed my life."
One of my favorite parts in the article is about the small library Gohari created in her own house for other women in her neighbor hood to use.
For Gohari, helping the teen became a mission, one of many. She scoured the city for the study books, relatively cheap by Western standards but a fortune for Iran's poor.
"She was ashamed because she couldn't afford the books," Gohari said.
The older woman put her hand out to the girl. "I said, 'Study here.' " And then Gohari handed her the books.