Meet Sussan Tahmasebi, Co-Founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), an organization committed to supporting women’s civil society activism on rights, peace and security in conflict affected or transitioning countries. Sussan currently serves as Director of ICAN’s MENA region program, where she informs the international political community on the status of women in the Middle East/North Africa region.
A women’s rights and civil societyactivist for nearly two decades, Sussan has worked diligently in Iran at the national and grassroots level to address gender issues and women’s rights and also to strengthen and promote the role of civil society organizations. She is a founding member of the award-winning One Million Signatures Campaign, a formidable grassroots effort determined to collect one million signatures in support of a petition torevise and reform gender-biased Iranian laws. Sussan has also conducted training sessions on leadership and peace-building, and coordinated the development of training materials on women’s and children’s rights.
Sussan is a ground-shaker – she has been charged with spreading propaganda against the state and being a threat to national security for organizing a 2006 protest in support of women’s rights. In 2011 Sussan was named by Newsweek as one of the 150 women who Shake the World. Human Rights Watch also recognized Sussan’s extraordinary activism with the Alison Des Forges Award in 2010 and 2011.
Visit the website of the International Civil Society Action Network and learn more about how Sussan continues to change the face of Iranian civil society.