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Keeping Iran's Heart Beating

8 September 2011
Image collage of 8 Iranian women's rights activists.Keeping Iran's heart beating - stories of women's rights activists is an exhibition which celebrates Iranian women's rights defenders. This exhibition showcases a number of Iranian women who are at the very heart of the human rights movement, and are some of the most courageous and effective human rights campaigners in Iran. The exhibition will be showcased in the Student Centre in University College Dublin on the 16th and 17th of September as part of the Law, State and Religon conference and will be officially launched in by Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi at 1:30 on Saturday 17th. All are welcome to attend. 

With the support of the Civic Engagement Officer and through the generosity of Trinity Alumni, Junior Freshman student Sheelan Yosefizadeh has developed this exhibition in order to bring the struggle for women’s rights in Iran to life through focusing on the courageous women and men who risk everything on a daily basis to achieve equality. The exhibition is part of Sheelan's involvement in Amnesty International's Iran group and has been created with the support and partnership of Amnesty International Ireland.

Following its launch the exhibition will be travelling around Ireland, and will be available for group, schools or local communities to host. If you would like more information on this, please contact the Iran Group ( 

Keeping Iran's Heart Beating was one of three student community projects to receive Community Initiative Funding. Senior Freshman student of European Studies, Emily McCormack, ran an intensive summer camp on personal development and social awareness for adolescent girls in the midlands with supervision from Foróige. Senior Sophister student of Business and Political Science Cíara Begley ran a youth forum on the future or our society with the support of Claiming our Future.

In applying for funding, students explained how they found out about the need they hoped to address, what had already been done and most importantly the gap which they sought to fill drawing on their  own academic and extra-curricular experience. The community partners are supervising the projects, acting in an advisory capacity and facilitating implementation. All students who applied for community initiative funding this year will participate in a project development seminar in Trinity at the beginning of the summer.

Further details are available through the student blogs.

Last updated 9 September 2011 Civic Engagement (Email).