Tooka Zokaie and members of Barobax

I Made Music in Iran, Defying Laws

When I went to Iran this summer, almost everything I participated in related to music was illegal. I played piano to male audiences, participated in underground concerts and danced without my headscarf to Persian pop music.

Iranian Women’s Magazine Zanan Makes Comeback

It’s re-launching May 29 in Iran. After being shut down by hardliners in 2008 the revival of this 16-year-old feminist publication is an event to celebrate as a defining moment for the resurgence of women’s rights in the post-Ahmadinejad era.

In Iran, Keep Your Eye on Jump in Female Literacy

The Islamization of society in Iran may have been designed to resurrect the image of the time-honored Muslim woman. But the single-sex schooling it brought about shows signs of enormous success and may have had an opposite and hugely empowering effect.