Governance Uncovered: Local Politics and Development


Breaking Barriers: Women's Political Participation and Activism in China, Iran, and Egypt.

Season 1, Ep. 48


In this episode, we'll focus on gender activism and women's political participation in three different countries. First, we'll talk to Minglu Chen about the current state of women's representation in politics in China; where some progress has been made in recent years, but Minglu now fears that the country is taking a step back. Minglu has extensively written on women's representation in China, and we are excited to have her share her insights with us.

Then, we'll hear Shirin Saeidi and Nermin Allam on how gender activism takes place in Iran and Egypt, how it has evolved during the past decade, and what progress has been made. They'll talk about how the September 2022 protests in Iran and the Egypt 2011 uprisings have affected how women engage in activism and are recognized by society.


Minglu Chen, Senior Lecturer in Government and International Relations, and a Member of the China Center at the University of Sydney.

Mentioned research: “Innocent Young Girls": The Search for Female Provincial Leaders in China.

Shirin Saeidi, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Arkansas and Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies.

Mentioned research: Women and the Islamic Republic: How Gendered Citizenship Conditions the Iranian State, Cambridge University Press 2022.

Nermin Allam, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark.

Mentioned research: Women and the Egyptian Revolution: Engagement and Activism during the 2011 Arab Uprisings, Cambridge University Press 2017.

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