The BoF Podcast | How the Energy of Storytelling Is Igniting the Iranian Protests


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Protests erupted throughout Iran in September following the demise of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in Tehran for “improperly” carrying her hijab after which killed by the hands of the so-called morality police.

These protests have now developed into the biggest civil rights motion in Iran because the revolution in 1979, uniting Iranians at house with these within the wider diaspora and igniting outcry world wide and throughout social media.

Searching for a strategy to carry storytelling to gas the motion, inventive leaders Moj Mahdara and Dina Nasser-Khadivi utilised their networks to ascertain The Iranian Diaspora Collective and @from____iran, an artist-led media collective that amplifies unheard Iranian voices, respectively. From Instagram to bodily billboards, the collectives have centred Iranian individuals and maintained the continued consideration of the West by specializing in human rights.

“The one strategy to transfer tradition is thru storytelling,” Mahdara stated.

This week on The BoF Podcast, BoF’s founder and editor-in-chief Imran Amed speaks with Mahdara and Nasser-Khadivi to study in regards to the work they’re doing to assist individuals perceive the intersectional solidarity of this motion and activate inventive communities to share their tales.

Key Insights:

  • Social media has helped unfold the phrase globally of the protests in Iran, serving to to unite the Iranian diaspora with Iranians at house, whereas educating individuals world wide about what is going on on the bottom. “The social media facet of this motion, the rationale why it was so essential for me, it was not nearly elevating consciousness, it ended up serving to us determine who our allies have been,” Nasser-Khadivi stated. “And that’s what then created an excellent stronger community.”
  • To ensure that this motion to be supported internationally, Mahdara believes that recognition is important. “[The international community] can recognise this,” says Mahdara. “This revolution.”
  • The motion has collectively remodeled the once-conservative notion of Iran to incorporate tolerance as motivating development in the direction of a secular group. “This entire motion preaches tolerance,” says Nasser-Khadivi. “There are coated ladies subsequent to ladies who’re uncovered hugging one another. That’s the message. It’s tolerance.”

Further Sources:

  • Iranian Trend Retailers Pursue Progress Amid Sanctions: In accordance with Shahrokh Keshavarz, director of the Iran Retail Present that includes 105 home corporations — 30 % of which have been clothes retailers — and regional Iran market consultant of the Center East Council of Purchasing Centres and Retailers, the goal of the occasion is to offer a bodily platform for B2B actions and to assist develop the marketplace for taking part manufacturers.
  • Iranian Trend Manufacturers Go Upmarket Amid Worldwide Sanctions: The Worldwide Attire Exhibition Iran Mode commerce present noticed 167 home exhibitors — starting from clothes producers and equipment suppliers to equipment corporations and textile and yarn producers — current their merchandise to patrons and different attendees. Software program corporations offering design and retail administration options additionally participated within the occasion.
  • Inside Iran’s Underground Trend Business: Tehran-based style designers Shirin and Shiva Vaqar joined Hoda Katebi, an Iranian-American activist who based America’s first attire manufacturing co-op run by refugee ladies. They mentioned the style business in Iran, a rustic that has lengthy been remoted from the Western world.


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