To understand her contribution to public debate, it's important to see her in the context of the historical moment that made her work possible, necessary and provocative.
Women in countries such as India, Pakistan and others have long organized campaigns against sexual violence – many of which have resulted in stronger laws in these countries.
Renewed attention is being given to the issue of child marriage in Lebanon as increasing numbers of young refugee girls are being married off as a response to the conflict and forced displacement.
Saudi Arabia is in deep trouble on various fronts, so an international PR coup surely can't hurt.
When it comes to women and power politics in the Islamic Republic, the road has been a long and winding road.