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On the occasion of 8th March 2006
year we are celebrating international women’s day with a difference. We are
coming together from many countries all over the world and travelling from Germany to The Netherlands. We have fought against anti-women Islamic
Republic laws for more than a quarter of a century. Now, we, the Iranian
women, are ready to take on the struggle for the liberation of the Iranian
people. And we call on you to join us in this.
over 27 years, the regime has turned life in Iran into hell-on-earth for
women. Daily, thousands of women have been publicly lashed, for the crime of
“inadequate veil”. Hundreds of women have been stoned to death for adultery.
Any talk of women’s right to divorce weakens Sharia (Islamic Law). But women have always
been resisting these laws and have now become a serious force of opposition.
with Bush and Co. beating louder than ever on the drums of war with Iran,
and with the Iranian government hiding behind anti-American slogans, raising
our independent voice of struggle is ever more important. The US and its European allies try to use Iran’s terrorist and nuclear threat as a
pretext to turn Iran into
But we have not forgotten that the terrorists ruling Iran were imposed on us by those
very terrorist-breeders. We have not forgotten the consenting silence of the
Western governments and their oh-so-democratic media, when Khomeini was
executing the voices of revolution and freedom. We remember too, that when
Iranian women were facing insult, blade, acid and lash to assert our right to
chose what to wear, the western statesmen and media prevented our cries from
reaching the world. They excused themselves by condoning it as part of
lranian culture. Meanwhile, economic and military contracts were being signed
behind closed doors.
the Bush regime and their European allies, on the one hand, and the Islamic
Republic, on the other, try to convince everyone that we have to choose
between neo-liberal slavery and Islamic fundamentalism. But we know that
these two are not mutually exclusive and we have seen them cohabit. We boldly
declare that we do not need “saviours” like the invaders of Afghanistan
We know that another world is possible and that we cannot get there with the
help of the oppressors.
The women of Iran are standing up and
challenging one of the most oppressive and anti-women regimes of our times.
us, stand with us, so that the world can see that we are not alone in our
struggle against the anti-women laws of a medieval regime.
us, because our victory for equality is a step forward in the women of the
world’s struggle against oppression and for equality.
us, because only together can we walk towards a world without oppression or
March Women’s Organization (Iranian – Afghanistani)