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Soraya SadrDanesh, from interviewing a famous feminist to a report about AIDS2 June 2014
Translated by: Hanaa Jam
Khabarnegaran.info-There’s not much information about her in internet, only some of her close friends have memories with her. She is Soraya Sadr Danesh, a journalist who has started her career from Keyhan and had a special degree in women studies and social fields. She was editor of Women Issues in Keyhan before Islamic revolution. Like many others she had many problems back then, problem with the same type you’re facing in a chaotic and revolution stricken country. One of her famous stories which affected many readers was her interview with Betty Fridan, the well-know American feminist and her report on Aids, which was an unknown disease those days.
She believed that a freelance journalist is a natural born libertarian who won’t get caught between political games and his/her own goal is to defend public rights and publishing news without taking any specific side.
Other than Keyhan Newspaper She worked for "Zan Rooz" and "Donyaye Sokhan" Papers, the later was the paper which her husband, "Houshang Hesami" was its editor in chief for a while.
Interviewing with a famous feminist and a paper’s headline Soraya Sadr was born in 1946 in Tehran, her family were fans of literature . Her father was one of the most famous lawyers of his time. After finishing high school at Jandark institution which was running by French people, she moved to France in order to study economy. After finishing her education she learned English and started her job at "Keyhan" newspaper as a translator in politic fields.
Soraya met her husband, Houshang Hesam at the same paper, he was a well-known critic, translator and journalist back then, they had two daughters together, Shararah and Shidah.
Minoo Badiee, her friend and colleague wrote about her in her Facebook page: "one of her major points as a journalist was that she believed in taking it to the next level and she tried her best to do that by expanding creativity, using new techniques, and local language. She could speak both English and French and therefore she did many interviews with lots of great characters such as Betty Fridan, the well known leader of American feminists."
Betty Fridan , came to Iran in 1978 during peak of revolution and participated in Homa Nategh’s sensational and controversial speech in ministry of justice. at the end if the speech , Soraya Sadr danesh did an interview with her which made the headline of Keyhan .
One of soraya’s questions was:" some of your ideas aren’t suitable for women in third world countries such as mine, what do you think about that? Betty Fridan said that for now, all we are asking is the equality between men and women rights in our own country, and then we’re going to globalize that. "
Soraya Sadr Danesh believed that spreading thoughts of a country which has differences in politics, culture, economy etc, won’t be applicable to other cultures in other countries and every country should seek a way for equal rights according to its culture and beliefs. This journalist, who used to run the pages of Women issues and family before the Islamic revolution, continues writing about its related issues alongside doing pieces on art and culture in Keyhan.
At the end of April of 1992 she had a bad news for her colleagues in the editorial : " her illness"
An illness that took over her health so rapidly that she died same year on May 3rd .lots of artists , journalists and writers participated in her memorial ceremony such as Simin Behbahani , Hamid Mosadegh , Dr.Reza Barahani , Morteza Momayez , Pari Saberi which turned her ceremony to a poetry reading and social – political criticism etc exactly the way she always wanted .
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