Mehnaz (lower left, back to camera) confers with colleagues at the court. On her first day at work in 2011, she recalls, people exchanged glances as she entered the court complex in her black lawyer’s robe. “People found it strange,” she said. “They’d say, ‘Why has she joined a male profession?’ “

Mehnaz (lower left, back to camera) confers with colleagues at the court. On her first day at work in 2011, she recalls, people exchanged glances as she entered the court complex in her black lawyer’s robe. “People found it strange,” she said. “They’d say, ‘Why has she joined a male profession?’ “