Protests have gripped Iran since September following the death in state custody of Mahsa (Jina) Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman. The unrest has led to an extreme crackdown by government forces, resulting in over 400 deaths and more than 18,000 arrests. Yet the protest movement remains one of the greatest threats to the clerical regime since its founding in 1979. Will it bring long-lasting change?
Join us on February 23 as we hear from Jasmin Ramsey, the Deputy Director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, as she discusses the movement, how young people are using social media to counter state propaganda, and Iran's human rights record.
City of Phoenix Vice-Mayor Yassamin Ansari will moderate following Jasmin Ramsey's keynote.
Deputy Director of Center for Human Rights in Iran
Born in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, Jasmin Ramsey is the deputy director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, where she documents human rights violations, advocates for women's and human rights, and manages the center's English-language content and social media channels. Prior to joining the Center, Jasmin worked as a Washington-based journalist and served as the deputy bureau chief of Inter Press Service, an international news wire service. At IPS she co-founded an award-winning U.S. foreign policy-focused blog, which, during her leadership as managing editor, became the first blog to receive the Arthur Ross Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs from the American Academy of Diplomacy. Follow Jasmin's tweets @jasminramsey
Yassamin Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian-American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. She represents one of the most diverse districts in the fifth-largest and fastest-growing city in the United States.
Since elected, she has enacted policies around transportation electrification, led the charge to pass Phoenix’s first Climate Action Plan, secured over $100 million in new investments to combat homelessness and passed a Roadway Safety Action Plan with a vision towards zero traffic-related deaths. She is hyper focused on building a more sustainable and equitable city where everyone can afford to live and thrive.
Prior to serving in elected office, Ansari worked as a senior policy advisor on the climate action teams of both U.N. Secretaries General Ban Ki-Moon and Antonio Guterres, as well as principal advisor to former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres at Mission 2020.