Saman is a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, and a Research Fellow with the NATO Association of Canada. She has served as the association’s Editor for the Women in Security program, lead coordinator of the Women, Peace, and Security Conference, and Co-Editor of Canada in the World: Youth Dialogue on Women, Peace, and Security. Prior to joining NATO AC, she was involved with Toronto City Hall, the Foundation for Iranian Studies, and the G8/G20 Research Group. Saman holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto, and will be starting her Master’s degree at The Graduate Institute Geneva come fall. Her research interests include international development and women's rights, particularly as they pertain to achieving structural reforms in the MENA region.
Saman Rejali analyses how the creation of soldiers through gendered military indoctrination inhibits their abilities to act as peacekeepers and non-violent actors both at home and abroad.
In part two of her analysis on militarized masculinity Saman Rejali argues that gender norms advocating for “manly” leaders inhibit peace-building prospects and undermine international stability.
Saman Rejali explores how gendered notions of war impact the exclusion of raped victim’s experiences during “peace” time.
Saman Rejali argues that while women’s rights served as a legitimizing force for the war in Afghanistan, Afghan women continue to be left out of the post-war decision-making processes affecting their lives.