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The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture, 2023

The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture was established in 2013 to provoke discussion and debate about the range of issues affecting human rights defenders as they work tirelessly to bring about changes and build robust civil societies. The lecture is broadly accessible to a general audience with an interest in philosophy, ethics, law, human rights or politics. 

The Annual Lecture Partners include: UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL), UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe), UCD Centre for Human Rights, Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Irish Centre for Human Rights & Queens University Belfast Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.



2023 Lecture

This year's Lecture will be presented by Parvin Ardalan, a feminist activist, journalist, and writer with a background in the grassroot feminist movement in Iran, who will speak on the topic of:

'Jin Jian Azadi / Woman Life Freedom: A social vision for human dignity and human rights'

About the Lecture

The government’s murder of Jina Amini in September 2022 rocketed Iranian society into a revolutionary moment where woman has emerged as a symbol of resistance at the intersection of all forms of discrimination. In this paradigm shift, the past and current protest movements are linked together through the celebrated slogan of “Jin Jian Azadi”. A new horizon of change has now opened in front of us. Please see more information on Eventbrite.

All events are free and spaces are limited, so please register in advance via the links below:

Wed, March 29th: Belfast (Queens University, Belfast) -https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-front-line-defenders-annual-lecture-belfast-tickets-566300950387

Thurs, March 30th: Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) -www.eventbrite.ie/e/2023-front-line-defenders-annual-lecture-dublin-tickets-566263458247

Fri, March 31st: Galway (NUI Galway) -www.eventbrite.ie/e/2023-front-line-defenders-annual-lecture-galway-tickets-566307118837

Conference Details

DateThurs, March 30th

LocationTrinity College Dublin

Intended Audience The lecture is broadly accessible to a general audience with an interest in philosophy, ethics, law, human rights or politics. 

Register attendance via Eventbrite

About Parvin Ardalan

Parvin Ardalan, is a feminist activist, journalist, and writer with a background in the grassroot feminist movement in Iran. She is currently a board member of Swedish PEN and a member of the network Feminists for Jina. She currently works at the Unit Documentation and Freedom of Expression at Malmoe City Archives.

Her interest in gender, social movements, and migration led her to launch a process in a joint effort with civil society and numerous cultural institutions thus creating Women Making HERstory - a project committed to the unveiling, visualizing, and rewriting the life and work of women with migration backgrounds in Sweden. Her next process was launching Migration Memory Encounters where the knowledge, experiences, and memories of migrants in various cultural fields have been rediscovered through live performances and installations in Sweden.

She was a co-founder of the Women Cultural Center and The One Million Signature Campaign in Iran - a grassroot movement aimed at repealing discriminatory laws against women in Iran. She was awarded the Olof Palme Prize In 2007 and has lived since 2009 in exile. She was the first guest writer of Malmoe City (2010-2012) in Sweden under the ICORN (The International Cities of Refuge Network) program.

About Front Line Defenders: Front Line Defenders (FLD) is an international human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs). FLD works to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and organisations around the world at risk for their peaceful and legitimate human rights work. As identified by human rights defenders themselves, FLD responds to protection and security needs by providing support through grants, capacity building, visibility, networking, and advocacy, at the international, regional and local levels. Front Line Defenders has been awarded the 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize.

Contact the Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL)

CEPL, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: cepl@ucd.ie