Mansoureh Shojaee was born in 1958 in Tehran. For over 20 years, she has been one of the leaders of the Iranian women’s rights movement and her involvement in politics spans 30 years and more.
In the 2000 Shojaee, along with e.g. Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani and some others, established the Women’s Cultural Centre (Markaz-e Farhangi-ye Zanan), which since then has been a center for forming opinions, analyzing and documenting the women’s issues in Iran. She is also one of the founding members of Sediqeh Dowlatabadi’s library. The Library is for Iranian women and about Iranian women’ researchers.
Mansoureh is one of the founding members of the OneMillion Signatures Campaign, attempting to collect one million signatures for womens’s equal right.
Mansoureh Shojaee along with Shirin Ebadi Tried to Establish “Iranian Women Museum” which was hardly stopped by security forces through her arresting on 2010.
One of her activities was in The Children Books Council of Iran (IBBYIR) for 10 years from 1994 to 2004 where she was in charge of providing library for blind Children through providing talking books and learning how to provide a talking book. she was awarded Testimonial Statute honors through IBBYIR (the international Board of Books for young People) in 2010.
She is one of creators of Feminist School website along side with Noushin Ahmadi and many more Women’s Right activists.
she was imprisoned several times, most recently was on 2009, she was released on bail and was free to leave Iran. Having already suffered a four-year travel ban, she promptly went into exile. She was initially received at the Heinrich Böll Foundation and, since 1 January 2011, has been a part of the Writers in Exile Program. She continues to work as a women’s rights activist, writer and journalist while she remains in exile. Currently, Mansoureh Shojaee is studying in The Hague at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, getting her Masters in Human Rights, Gender & Conflict Studies and doing research on cyber feminism
Her publishers including more than 200 articles , 3 books and being a writer in 4 handbooks prove her job as a” writer in exile” which she is called by German PEN!