thirtieth anniversary of the historic demonstration of Iranian women against
forced Hejab in 1979
‘The Campaign for Abolition of all
Misogynist Gender Based Legislation & Islamic Punitive Laws in Iran’ celebrates March 8th Women’s
approaching the thirtieth anniversary of one of the most critical
protest marches in the history of the Iranian women's movement when
thousands protested in March 1979 against mandatory Hejab and the imposition of
misogynist Islamic legislation. This protest marked a turning point in the
contemporary struggles of Iranian women as it marked a significant opposition
to all legislation and regulations derived from Islamic Sharia laws. The
demonstration marked the first organised resistance of secular Iranian women
which has been followed by three decades of struggle and resistance against the
rule of a reactionary regime where inferiority of women and their second class
status is considered as one of its pivotal tenets and has been supported by legislation
and their suppression has become an integral part of its policy and practice.
protest heralded three decades of
relentless and bloody confrontation between the women’s movement and the
Iran's Islamic regime on major women’s demands including the vision, strategies
and programme for emancipation and freedom of women and gaining equality with
men in all spheres of private and public life.
time when Iranian women are the first victims of poverty, destitution,
insecurity, repression and all consequences of the destructive policies of the
capitalist order in the world, which vision, policies and strategies can
prepare Iranian women for a full
confrontation with these conditions while paving the way for broader horizons
for achieving freedom and emancipation?
time when the legitimacy of Iran's
Islamic regime is challenged both nationally and internationally, how can we
invigorate and advance women's struggles in such a way that it can also
strengthen and deepen the democratic struggles of the peoples of Iran in pursuit
of establishing a society free of women’s exploitation and repression?
time when the contradictions between the Islamic regime and the imperialist
powers are on the rise, the Iranian people face the destructive consequences of
an economic embargo and there is the possibility of war, how can the women’s
movement in Iran maintain its independence,
whilst ensuring that neither the Islamic regime nor the Imperialist
countries supporting the US led war can abuse
the women and their just demands for emancipation for their reactionary
Iran's women's movement – whilst
seeking growth and dynamism - is facing numerous intellectual and ideological
On the thirtieth anniversary of its historic demonstration
in 1979 and a hundred years after the participation of Iranian women in the
Constitutional Revolution, can the women's movement today, relying on the
achievements of the previous generations,
present a viable and far reaching perspective for equality and freedom?
Which vision, programme and strategy is needed?
We are organising a seminar on the 6th and 7th
of March in Stockholm
to discuss these issues. We invite all those interested to participate in this
seminar. On 8th March, we will march in solidarity with women’s
movements for emancipation and against patriarchy and oppression in all over
the world on the International Women's Day.
To contact us or for registration, please use following
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Based legislation & Islamic Punitive Laws in Iran