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    MEHRANGIZ KAR is a prominent writer, attorney, and activist, with a focus on women’s rights and family law. Currently serving as the Senior Technical Advisor for Rule of Law at the Siamak Pourzand Foundation, she has previously held visiting scholar positions at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, Brown University, University of Cape Town, Wellesley College, California State University Northridge, and the Brookings Institution. With 22 years of legal experience in the Islamic Republic of Iran, MEHRANGIZ has authored numerous books and articles addressing legal, gender equality, and democratic issues within Iran and internationally. Recognized with several international awards for her human rights work, including the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy, the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, and the Human Rights First Award. Notable publications in Iran include “Women’s Participation in Politics: Obstacles and Possibilities” (2001), “Violence Against Women in Iran” (2000), “Legal Structure of the Family System in Iran” (1999), and “Elimination of Gender Discrimination: A Comparison of the Convention On Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Iran’s Contemporary Laws” (1999). Her work, particularly “Violence Against Women in Iran” (2000), is considered essential reading and a foundational resource for research on violence against women in Iran. Additionally, she has contributed to numerous journal articles and book chapters in recent years.