Women’s NGOs and Gender-Sensitive Policy Change in Iran

Funding: ARC Discovery project 2018-2021

Investigators: Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh and Dr Rebecca Barlow, Deakin University

This project aims to investigate how Iranian women’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) work to influence gender sensitive policy change in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This project will generate new knowledge on the causal mechanisms behind NGO-driven policy change in Iran, leading to a theory of change on NGOs and gender sensitive policy change in Islamic political systems more broadly. The expected outcomes will enhance scholarly understanding of Iranian civil society, and build the capacity of the Australian government to foster ties and invest in successful strategies for progress with Iran.