The 8 March Women’s Organization (Iranian - Afghanistan)
are a grouping of women from Iran
women from different backgrounds and with various degrees of experience in
social and political activities. We first joined together at the end of 1997 to
work towards the elimination of sexual oppression and male-chauvinist
relations. Some of us come from the experience of 1979 revolution in Iran
where woman’s movement started against the imposition of veil. Some started by
opposing the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Some are active in leftist organizations and some of us just have had enough of
being treat second class human beings by society and or our families. But we
have one thing in common: our will to struggle against oppression of women.
believe that the struggle for liberation of women is a political struggle, and
when women rise up against patriarchal relations, they will inevitably get
involved in politics. Politics, we believe, is the arena where we can settle
accounts with the system of patriarchy and the resulting sexual oppression. But
by politics, we don’t mean the ruling politics of statesmen but politics
independent from the reactionary Islamic fundamentalist rulers and those
justifying their rule. We believe that in order to achieve their goals, women’s
struggle should be independent of male-supremacist rulers of the world, this
struggle needs to be independent of men, also.
the same time, women can intervene in social and more specifically in political
sphere only if they free themselves from the chains holding them back at home.
strive to struggle against all forms of women’s oppression, both overt and
hidden. We do not favor the more subtle and “softer” forms of oppression
suffered by our sisters in the West and we see ourselves side by side with
women in the West against male supremacist states and male-supremacists
relations dominant in these countries.
activities consist of initiating or participating in campaigns around social
and political issues. This has included campaigns against execution of women,
including stoning to death of women in Iran
for the so-called crime of adultery, prostitution etc.; campaigns in defense of
refugee rights and against the persecution and massacre of political prisoners.
We have also actively participated in struggles against the US and the West invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. Every year we celebrate the
International Women’s Day, March 8 and we strive to carry out these
celebrations along with our sisters from around the world. More recently we
have launched a campaign along with other women activists to Abolish All
Unequal Legislation Against Women in Iran. We have branches in Germany, UK,
the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada
publish a quarterly since 2001 called Hashte Mars
(March 8 in
Farsi), besides articles on the situation of women in Afghanistan and their
struggle, discussions within Iranian women’s movement and feminist awareness
issues, we also carry political analysis and exposure of imperialism and
reaction as well as cultural criticism all with women’s interest in view. We
strive to be a tribune for those women who fearlessly expose patriarchy and
website (www.8mars.com) helps more widely propagate progressive women’s views
as well as reports and women’s struggle worldwide.
don’t see struggle against the oppression of women in Iran and Afghanistan isolated from the rest
of the world and we participate in different seminars to let people hear about
our situation. This year’s participation in anti-G8 gathering in Scotland was
and example where, at the same time as making common cause with those young and
old who believe ‘another world is possible’, we exposed those who
unconditionally supported Islamic fundamentalists struggle against the US
pointing out that oppressing half of the population cannot lead to the
liberation of humanity.
are an independent organization who relies on nothing but our own effort in
this struggle. And we call on our women and those who see themselves in the
side of struggle against patriarchy to come to our support. You can spread the
word about the situation of women in Iran
and Afghanistan, let
everybody know about the struggle, come to our meetings, and support us
financially so that we can spread the word of the resistance and struggle of
women from Iran and Afghanistan
to the world and together we can drive patriarchy away.
The 8 March Women’s Organization