The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation


Statement of Purpose


The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation (IWSF) is a non-profit organization. It has no affiliation to any political or religious group or organization and aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues related to Iranian women, to disseminate information on Iranian women's achievements and to establish a network of communication among communities of Iranian women the world over. The main activity of IWSF consists of annual international conferences where in a theme related to Iranian women is approached through scholarly presentations, art exhibitions, and artistic or dramatic performances.

The history of Iran has consisted, for the most part, of male-dominated narratives and accounts of men's exploits and achievements. IWSF attempts to offer a different perspective on Iran's history by protecting, preserving and propagating the works of Iranian Women. Since 1990, IWSF has conducted annual conferences in various cities around the world.

At these gatherings and professionals interested in issues related to Iranian women congregate to share the result of their research, to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of Iranian women, and to exchange ideas and plans for the future. IWSF publishes the proceedings of its annual conferences in the Conference Proceedings of IWSF in which works by and about Iranian women are collected annually.