It’s been a month since the brutal death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Martha Amini sparked nationwide protests in Iran.
Martha was arrested by the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) moral police for partially exposing her hair while wearing a hijab. brain trauma. In the wake of Mercer’s tragic death, civil unrest spread across much of the country,1979 Islamic Revolution.
Thousands of protesters across the country took to the streets to demand justice for Mercer Amini and an end to his brutal regime. Islamic republic.
The first demonstrations were led by brave Iranian women and girls who filled the streets in solidarity, chanting “Zan, Zendegi, Azadi” (Persian for “women, life and freedom”). I took off my hijab and burned it.
Today, the movement unites people from different socio-economic, religious, ethnic and generational backgrounds. and geographical background.People across the country, especially Generation Z, are facing challenges of gender, religious and ethnic apartheid, government corruption, economic and environmental crises, and corrupt priesthood.
IRI security forces have responded by crushing protesters with violence and intimidation, and thousands of innocent people have been tortured, wounded and detained in the infamous Evin Prison.
The government also represses and secretly kills dissidents by controlling media and social networks, a violation of basic human rights.Among thousands of innocent victims, two 16-year-old girls, Nikasha Karami and Sarina, her Esmailzadeh, were fatally beaten by security guards. Forced while protesting. Their deaths ignited even more protesters, giving the movement a new symbol.
University students and faculty members across Iran have also joined the protests despite being shot and detained by security forces.
Cruelty and violence against schoolgirls, university students and women continues to this day without any sign of remorse by the Islamic Republic.
These recent riots have prompted iconic Iranian figures, both in Iran and around the world, to speak up and express solidarity in protest.
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi were tortured and imprisoned for years. These activists and many others have certainly made an impact on women’s societies. movement in Iran.
In Iran, the struggle for women’s rights and freedoms has been going on for more than a century.
In addition to mandatory hijab laws, IRI laws discriminate against marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance, citizenship status, and even women. right to travel abroad. Women are imprisoned for singing, dancing, and sometimes wearing too much makeup. Attitudes towards women’s rights have become more repressive and violent since the war. 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Since the rise of the Islamic Republic, their repressive policies have affected not only human rights, but also economic and environmental rights.By arresting environmental activists, the Islamic regime has sought to cover up environmental disasters such as the depletion and mismanagement of natural water resources that have affected more than half of Iran’s population and caused the forced displacement of many. Came all over Iran.
The IRI has paralyzed every attempt led by the Iranian people to protest the regime.
In 1999 Iranians protested for press freedom. In 2009, Iranians protested election fraud and corruption. In 2017 Iranians protested the government’s decision. economic policy. In 2019, Iranians protested gas price hikes. In 2022, Iranians are protesting [for] Women’s rights, human rights, democracy. All of these protests resulted in dozens of deaths and detentions. thousands of Iranians.
Systemic oppression, abuse and human rights violations are not limited to Iranian women.
Since the Taliban reoccupied Afghanistan in 2021, Afghan women have found themselves oppressed and imprisoned again. After decades of progress towards gender equality, Afghan women are restricted from attending school, working and traveling alone.
Gender inequality and discrimination are on the rise in Western countries as well. this year, Law vs Wade Overturned, American women were left to fight for bodily autonomy.
Less than 60 years after the biggest feminist movement of the century, women around the world are still breaking down system of repression. Now is the critical time to stand in solidarity with the Iranian community, listen to their stories, speak up to fight against the brutal dictatorship of the Islamic Republic, and share the plight of the Iranian people who risk their lives. is. Here are some ways to support . Iranian people:
Contact your state senators and representatives. Demand that the Islamic Republic be held accountable for the killing, torture and imprisonment of thousands of innocent lives.Tell the UN to exclude the Islamic Republic from UN women’s rights commission.
After all, as Saadi Siraj said, “Human beings, in the creation of one essence and soul, are members of the whole. If one of the members suffers, the others remain anxious.”
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