shahla sherkat

Shahla Sherkat (b. 1956) is one of the pioneers of the women’s rights movement in Iran. She is a psychologist and journalist who has been outspoken about the situation of women in the country, often experiencing legal issues because of it.

She is the founder of Zanan magazine, considered the most important women’s journal published after the Iranian revolution. She often had to appear in court for publishing content deemed controversial, in areas ranging from politics to sex, and at one point even had to spend four months in prison. In 2005 she received the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.