Mawared, Issue 20
Summer 2013

This is the 20th issue of Mawared. The issue focuses on human rights activism. It also provides a wealth of relevant resources.


The women’s movement had been discussing the need to reach the public on the “streets” and in the public space, and despite some attempts at doing so, the activities of the women’s movement in Iran remained confined mostly to conference halls, seminars and  trainings, where the audience often ended up being other activists. The Campaign, despite serious pressures and crackdowns, ended up being the first effort to have a sustained presence on the streets and in public spaces. After all this was our goal, but the street ended up being the only place that was open to us, as from then on, we were systematically denied meeting space and conference halls.
Zahra's Paradise was inspired by promise of an Iranian Spring.  Like millions of people around the world, I was moved by the 2009 protests against the fraudulent presidential elections, by the passion, dignity, courage and creativity of the Iranian people; by the power of a simple question: "Where is my vote?" That question was shaking the foundations of a theocracy founded on fear, fraud and force. We were witnessing the birth pangs of a new Iran, the face of a new generation that dared to realize its dream of freedom, a dream for equality, dignity and justice for which Iranians have struggled since the constitutional revolution of 1906.     
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The ‘Commentary to the Declaration on human rights defenders’ is a 100-page downloadable document which maps out the rights provided for in the Declaration, based mostly on information received and reports produced by the two Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani (2000-2008) and Margaret Sekaggya (since 2008), during the past eleven years. Download your copy.
The purpose of this new manual is to provide human rights defenders with additional knowledge and some tools that may be useful for improving their understanding of security and protection. It is hoped that the manual will support training on security and protection and will help defenders to undertake their own risk assessments and define security rules and procedures which suit their particular situation. Download
The Info-Activism How-To Guide brings together info-activism strategies, digital tools and case studies from around the world.  Practical without being technical, this resource-rich guide serves as an excellent primer to the world of information activism. This guide is an updated version of two earlier toolkits: Message in a Box and Mobiles in a Box and also features content from our 10 Tactics suite of materials. Check it out
A 100-page publication that provides an overview of using theater in health education. It contains four peer theater training workshops, a series of theater games and exercises that can be used in trainings, and information on developing and building a peer theater program. Download