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IWPR's Iran Program seeks to empower Iranian civil society through media, network-building, and advocacy. The Mianeh School of Journalism and the Zannegaar Journal for Women's Studies develop Iranians' abilities, improve free access to information, and build networks among civic actors. The programme arises out of the needs of the stakeholders, and is founded on a belief that sharing knowledge and best practices in citizen journalism will raise the capacity of Iranian civil society, thus contributing to laying the foundations for future democracy in Iran.


Mianeh School of Journalism - mianehschool.net

The Mianeh School of Journalism seeks to build the skills of Iranian journalists working in a range of fields.

The journalist's trade is fast evolving as technology advances and becomes more accessible. Mianeh embraces technical evolution through its web-based structure, and will provide training in both traditional reporting and new media for up-and-coming journalists.

Consisting of a carefully designed series of theoretical and practical courses, the training programme is tailored to fit the needs of Iranian journalists. As they progress, students acquire the information and skills they will need to work as professional journalists. The courses are designed and taught by a team of journalists who are active in their respective fields.

All students complete a final multimedia project, enabling them to put the theoretical framework they have acquired into practice, with mentorship from the instructors.


Zannegaar - Women's Studies Journal - zannegaar.net

Zannegaar is a thematic monthly online journal on women's and gender studies which serves as a platform for the community of Iranian feminist academics and advocates.

Little feminist literature written in Persian has been available to Iranians. The Zannegaar journal blazes a trail by identifying and translating the latest research coming out of the international community of feminist scholars.

For copyright reasons, Zannegaar cannot carry English versions of its content. Instead, the English-language page has a brief introduction to each of the issues covered, plus citations of original articles.

IWPR Focus

A monument to Ibn Sina (Avicenna) in Tehran. (Photo: Siavash Marzban)
7 Jun 10
Iranians feel their cultural heritage is being misappropriated by other nations.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visiting Tehran International Book Fair in May 2010. The Iranian spiritual leader is known to have a passion for reading novels and for music. (Photo: Supreme Leader's office)
Yasaman Baji
3 Jun 10
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, was not always deeply conservative.
Cash is king: a bank employee in Iran counts money for customers cashing cheques. The number of bounced cheques has risen to more than one in ten. (Photo: Shaigan)
1 Jun 10
More and more cheques bounce as economy struggles.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, centre, his Brazilian counterpart Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, right, and Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, taking pictures of each other after signing the nuclear declaration. (Photo: Hamed Malekpour)
Mitra Farnik
28 May 10
Deal intended to give Iran a head start in nuclear talks.
Iranian police have started arresting men who molest women on the street while at the same time warning women about their clothing and appearance in public. (Photo: Hadi Yazdani)
Rasa Sowlat
28 May 10
Cleric's much derided remarks about hijab reflect men's upbringing but women share some of the blame.
One of a pair of Iranian leopards which were exchanged for two Siberian tigers. (Photo: Hemmat Khani)
19 May 10
Russia, Iran exchange tigers for leopards but some experts express doubts.
The installation of the bust of Iranian revolutionary hero Sattar Khan in a park in Tehran in 2005. (Photo: Shahab Noori)
Raha Tahami
17 May 10
Tehran swirling with rumours about who lies behind theft of bronze monuments.
Iranian Jews attending a ceremony during the Jewish holiday of Purim at the Mashhadiha synagogue in Tehran (Photo: Hasan Sarbakhshian)
Parvaneh Vahidmanesh
11 May 10
Remnants of once flourishing community wonder how much longer they can hold out.
Mehdi Jedinia
7 May 10
Exiled media corps grows but struggles to make an impact back home.
Pilgrims gather last year outside Jamkaran mosque, on the eve of Imam Zaman's birthday. (Photo: Mehdi Marizad)
IWPR contributors
5 May 10
Jamkaran is said to be Iran’s most popular mosque, attracting millions of worshippers a year to the site near the Shia holy city of Qom - but the stories that surround it are relatively new.

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