Mashhad (IP) - The First International Khorsheed (Sun) Media Festival was wrapped up in Mashhad on Saturday evening with 20 Iranian and non-Iranian media activists honored.

Iran PressIran news: The event was held with the presence of Ensiyeh Khazali, the Vice President for Women's Affairs, Mohammad Mahdi Esmaeili, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, other dignitaries, and female journalists from nearly 40 countries.

With the slogan of "Women Narrate, Illuminate & Initiate Change", the festival was planned in memory of Shireen Abu Aqleh, the martyr of enlightenment. 

Women's issues, including the role of women in social justice, family, women, and resistance media, the proper role model by women, and the role of the media in normalizing violence against women were among the topics that were discussed at the event. 

The festival was arranged by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the office of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, and the Mashhad Municipality. 

Shireen Abu Aqleh was a prominent Palestinian journalist, who worked at the Qatari international news television network Al Jazeera for 25 years. She was one of the vigorous journalists in the West Asia region, covering news stories concerning Palestinian issues. 

On May 11, 2022, she was targeted by Israeli forces and lost her life due to a fatal gunshot wound to the head, while she was covering the reports of the Israeli army's raid into the city of Jenin in the West Bank.