Interview with Parvin Bakhtiarnejad

Parvin Bakhtiarnejad is an Iranian journalist who began her career with the Iran-e Farda publication in 1995. After Iran-e Farda was shuttered by the authorities, she worked with the Jame’eh-e- No monthly until that too was shut down, subsequently writing for the Khordad, Aftab-e Emrouz, Seda-ye Edalat, Yas-e No, Norouz, Vaghaye-ye Etefaghieh, Shargh, Etemad, and Kargozaran newspapers. When one publication was closed, she would move on to the next. After the closure of these various newspapers, Bakhtiarnejad published articles in online outlets including Rooz, Gooya, Madrese-ye Feministi (the Feminist School), Jaras, and Melli-Mazhabi.

At the same time, she pursued research projects, publishing her first study on self-immolation among Iranian women in 2001. Her second book, published in 2005, was a study that explored the internal obstacles facing Iranian non-governmental organizations.

Parvin Bakhtiarnejad’s third book, which covered honor killings in Iran, was barred from publication by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance after nine months in limbo. As a result, it was published on the Feminist School’s website on November 25, 2010. In 2013, Arash Publishers in Stockholm published a hardcopy edition of the work.

In 2008, Bakhtiarnejad travelled to the United Nations General Assembly to speak about honor killings in Iran. While in New York, she was also invited to speak about honors killings at Columbia University and female self-immolation in Iran at New York University (NYU). At present, Bakhtiarnejad is currently working on a fourth book, covering violence against women in Iran.


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