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Sussan Tahmasebi

Co-founder of the International Civil society Action Network (ICAN)

Sussan Tahmasebi is an activist, trainer, writer and co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), which supports women’s civil society activism on rights, peace and security in conflict-affected or transitioning countries. She directs ICAN’s Middle East and North Africa programme, which informs policymakers about the status of the region’s women and seeks to create a network of rights advocates. Previously, Tahmasebi worked as a women’s rights and civil society activist in Iran. In 2011, she received Human Rights Watch’s highest honour, the Alison Des Forges Award, and Newsweek named her among the 150 women who ‘Shake the World’.