Women. Life. Freedom. These three words contain a multitude of emotions. Pain, anguish, perseverance, and hope. Hope that the world is watching what is happening inside Iran. Hope that this time around, this revolution will change the daily injustices faced by Iranian women.
On Sept 16, 2022, Mahsa Amini was detained and beaten to death inside a police van by the Iranian ‘morality police’ for failing to wear her hijab properly. She was only 22 years old.
Her death has re-ignited the nation's demand to end the gender apartheid that is inflicted on females in Iran. The list of injustices is long.
● Unequal marriage, divorce, child custody
● Inheritance laws favoring males
● Lack of protections under gender-based violence
● Unequal access to sports stadium
● Employment discrimination and sexual harassment
This isn’t a call for feminism. This is a demand for basic human rights. A woman should be able to wear what she wants, have control over her own body, be able to pursue the profession and education she desires, and be able to love, marry, divorce, and re-marry whomever she wants!
A woman should be able to walk down the street without fear!
Over 450 protestors have died and 14,000 have been arrested. 2 public executions have already been carried out.
We must stand by our Iranian sisters.
Here are a few things you can do to help support them:
1. Be Their Voice: Due to massive internet blackouts, international awareness of these protests has been slow to spread. Talk about it. Share this. Ask questions. Educate yourself and the world. Don’t be afraid to use your voice to shed a light on their plight.
2. Follow Iranian Activists:
a. Elica Lebon—an Iranian U.S. criminal defense lawyer (@elicalebon)
b. Golshifteh Farahani—an Iranian actress (@golfarahani)
c. Style Shah—an Iranian social media influencer & activist—(@styleshah)
d. 1500tasvir—an Iranian activist (@1500tasvir)
e. Chelsea Hart—an LGBTQ+ and human rights activist (@chelseahart)
f. Masih Alinejad—an Iranian journalist (@masih.alinejad)
g. Sepideh Moaji—an Iranian actress & activist (@sepidehmoaji)
h. Nazanin Boniadi—an Iranian actress & a member of the CHRI board (@nazaninboniadi)
i. From: Iran—a feminist coalition of unheard Iranian voices (@from____iran)
j. Middle East Matters—a community organization (@middleeastmatters)
3. Make a donation
Due to U.S. sanctions against Iran, we can’t send money directly to the protestors in Iran. However, here are some notable and reputable organizations that you can donate to:
The Center for Human Rights in Ira(CHRI)—The whole purpose of this organization is to protect and fight for human rights in Iran. They will use funds to document and research all incidences of human rights violations that take place in Iran. You can make a donation here: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/_TNnXA?vid=wb35k
The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center—is a non-profit non-governmental non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran. They monitor human rights violations in Iran and make them public knowledge by through research, documentation, publishing and public outreach. You can make a donation here: https://www.iranrights.org/donate
4. Sign a petition There are several petitions you can sign in support of bringing freedom and justice to the people of Iran. Help these important petitions reach 1,000,000 signatures by signing it here. https://www.change.org/p/g7-leaders-expel-iran-s-diplomats-demand-that-political-prisoners-be-freed