Breakfast with Iranian Women Leaders at Georgetown University

Date: December 5 2022

Time: 9:00AM EST


Georgetown University

President’s Room, 3rd Floor of Healy Hall

Georgetown University 

3700 O Street NW Washington, DC 20057

Description: This conversation will explore Iranian women’s leading role in the ongoing, nation-wide protests. We will discuss how today’s resistance builds on a long history of advocacy by Iranian women, as well as how the scale and possible outcome of today’s movement is different. We will ask what the geo-political stakes are, how the United States should engage, and how individuals and philanthropists can be supportive. This breakfast is part of an Annual Summit for a small and influential group of Georgetown alumni who are passionate about issues of gender equality: the Georgetown Ambassadors for Women, Peace and Security. The event will begin with a brief panel discussion and will be followed by audience Q&A.


  • Bahar Ghandehari, Founder of youth-led organization Middle East Matters and Georgetown student
  • Mahnaz Afkhami, Founder and President of the Women’s Learning Partnership and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran
  • Dr. Suzanne Maloney, Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where her research focuses on Iran and Persian Gulf energy
  • Sarah Rutherford (Moderator), Director of External Affairs, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security