One year after “Woman, Life, Freedom”
16th September is one year since the state
murder of Masha (Jina) Amini because of compulsory Hijab that triggered the
“woman, life, freedom” uprising. The uprising that it is most important
characteristics was the vanguard role of women against the compulsory hijab.
The characteristic that shook and amazed the world The very same characteristic
that caused important changes in the society and in social relations among the
people. It gave rise to important achievements in the social and political
spheres that are irreversible.
The women’s struggle inflicted an important
blow to the patriarchy by their fight against the compulsory hijab and laid the
foundation to put an end to the domination and authority over the female body.
The vanguard role of women in the fight against the compulsory hijab
strengthened the motivation of struggle among the women in a world scale
against the gender oppression. One of the most important achievements of
women’s leading and daring role was the revelation of women’s power and the
role in changing the old and rotten patriarchal capitalist’s society.
There is no doubt that the deep contradiction
between the women and the people as a whole with the Islamic regime is not
limited to the compulsory hijab. Forty Four years of class exploitation,
national and religious oppression, sexual and gender oppression, repression and
dictatorship, looting and plundering, theft and corruption, suppression and
murdering, imprisoning any voice of freedom and the lack of any kind of freedom
is the source of the contradiction of the majority of the oppressed masses with
the reactionary regime that was reflected in the Mahsa’s (Jina) uprising. But
the struggle of the women against the compulsory hijab and the Islamic regime
in this uprising had such a power that could pour out all the contradictions
between the people and the Islamic regime.
The fear of the Islamic regime from mass
uprising on the occasion of the anniversary of the Mahsa’s (Jina) uprising is
so obvious that its reflection can be seen in the widespread arrest and
imprisoning of thousands of women and other activists and harassing and
arresting the families of martyred of Mahsa’s uprising and dismissal of the
University students and lecturers… in the last two month. The fear and
desperation of the regime can also be seen from the broadening of the women’s
struggle against the compulsory hijab and increasing number of men who are
joining this struggle. The regime is evermore terrified that these struggles
could push the situation closer to its overthrow.
In such a situation that has the potential of
great changes in which the people have intensified their struggles in many
different fronts, the western imperialists despite certain contradictions with
the Islamic regime, in reality (not in words) are supporting the Islamic regime
to suppress the people. Their preference is to keep the Islamic regime in power
and prevent the people’s struggle to deepen and lead to the overthrow of the
Islamic regime. This is the reason why they are holding public and secret meetings
with the Islamic regime authorities and granting them with benefits,
concessions and reducing the pressures on them.
There is no question that the people’s
struggle in Mahsa’s (Jina) uprising and in particular the decisive women’s
struggle has brought with itself the message of revolution and radical changes.
As more women participate in the struggle through revolutionary organisation,
as the struggles are getting deeper, with a determined goal and more radical
slogans it will unleash more women’s power on one hand and on the other hand
the power of people’s struggle to pass through the process of revolution is
strengthened and fortified.
8march women’s organisation (Iran –
16 September 2023