Zahra Shojaei

Zahra Shojaei is an Iranian politician. A major advocate of women's rights in Iran, she was the advisor on women's affairs under President Khatami, and as such a member of his cabinet from 1997-2005.

Zahra Shojaei
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Shojaei in 2021
Head of Center for Women's Participation Affairs
In office
3 January 1998 – 3 August 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Preceded byShahla Habibi
Succeeded byNasrin Soltankhah
Personal details
Born1956 (age 64–65)
Tehran, Iran
Spouse(s)Morad-Ali Tavana
Alma mater

Center for Women's ParticipationEdit

In 1997, Khatami created the Center for Women's Participation, which then became the main institution responsible for handling women's affairs in the country, affiliated with the presidency. When Ahmadinejad took the presidency in 2005, he renamed it Center for Women and Family Affairs (Markaz-e Omor-e Zanan va Khanevadeh Riasat-e Jomhuri).

Appointment to Iranian CabinetEdit

President Khatami appointed Zahra Shojaei as his advisor on women's affairs (a position formerly held by Shahla Habibi) and the head of the Center for Women's Participation. This appointment made her a member of the Iranian Presidential Cabinet. Zahra Shojaei, along with Masoumeh Ebtekar, participated in the first cabinet since the Islamic Revolution to include women.


With the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 2005, Nasrin Soltankhah was appointed to Shojaei's post. The center was renamed Center for Women and Family Affairs, as opposed to Center for Women's Participation as it was called under Khatami. Participation was no longer a policy emphasis.

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Government offices
Preceded by

as Head of Bureau of Women's Affairs
Head of Center for Women's Participation Affairs
Succeeded by

as Head of Center for Women and Family Affairs