Orange the World Discussion and Screening

Women-led Protests in Iran
Saturday, December 10, 2022, 2:30 to 6:00PM
Royal Cinema, 608 College St., Toronto



The United Nations is marking 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from November 25 to December 10, 2022, as part of the “Orange the World” campaign. The beginning date is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the end date is Human Rights Day.

As part of this campaign the Diaspora Film Festival and EU Consuls General have collaborated to organize a conversation about the recent women-led protests in Iran with prominent Iranian figures and Canadian politicians. The panel will discuss the violence against women in the broader context and origins of the ongoing protests in Iran.

The panel will feature prominent Iranian figures from Canada, the United States, and Britain, as well as Canadian politicians. The panel discussion will be followed by the screening of Nasrin, a documentary directed by Jeff Kaufman. It is a secretly filmed personal portrait of the Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin SotoudehShe has since been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.



Nazanin Afshin-Jam – is an Iranian-Canadian human rights activist, author and public speaker. She is a former Miss World Canada. She is also president and co-founder of Stop Child Executions as well as the founder of “The Nazanin Foundation”.

Ali Ehsassi – has served as the federal Member of Parliament from Willowdale since 2015. He currently serves as the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Nazenin Ansari – is the managing editor of Kayhan London, a weekly Persian-language newspaper critical of the current government of Iran. She is also series producer at the Persian-language entertainment channel Manoto.

Ramin Jahanbegloo – is a political philosopher. He is the Executive Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at Jindal Global University- Delhi, India. In 2006, he was arrested in Tehran Airport and charged with preparing a velvet revolution in Iran. He was placed in solitary confinement for four months.

Senator Ratna Omidvar – is a Canadian politician and academic, who was named to the Senate of Canada to represent Ontario in 2016. She founded the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly, Ryerson University).

Nayereh Tohidi – is a Professor Emerita and former Chair of Gender & Women’s Studies and the Founding Director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at California State University, Northridge. She is also a Research Associate in the Program of Iranian Studies at UCLA.

Hon. Charmaine Williams is the Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity. She was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2022, representing the riding of Brampton Centre.

Tina Yazdani (Moderator) joined the CityNews Toronto team as a journalist in June 2018. She has earned her Journalism degree at Carleton University.


Date and Time

Saturday, December 10, 2022
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Panel Discussion
4:30pm – 6:00pm: Screening of Nasrin


Royal Cinema, 608 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1B4

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