The International Women’s Day
The choice is
ours! The choice is yours!
2008, on 8th March we intend to exclaim ‘Enough is enough’! We no longer
want to tolerate the hell created by the patriarchal systems stretching from
Kosovo to Iraq, Afghanistan to Philippines,
the USA to France, Britain
to Turkey and Iran to Pakistan.
year behind us was a bitter year for majority of women in the world:
‘Doa’ a young Kurdish woman was brutally
battered, trampled and stoned to death by her tribe and became the code-name
for hundreds of Kurdish women who were cruelly murdered to preserve the men’s
‘honour’ under the protection of the American-backed Kurdish government in
Thousands and thousands of Iraqi women sought refuge in Syria just to find themselves dancing in Damascus’s night clubs
with their frail bodies in order to attract preying clients for pitiful
The Afghan women were repeatedly raped in ‘Pol
charkhi’ prison by the police trained by the
so-called ‘peace keeping’ forces.
The Western countries had a fierce competition with each other to win
the trophy for ‘domestic violence’. In the USA,
a woman was raped every four minutes and in France a woman was killed every
three days as a result of domestic violence.
a woman was barbarically left suspended on a loosely fastened rope from a
gallows and torturously struggled until she died. Afterwards, the Islamic regime
exhibited her body at a prominent place so that other women could learn a
lesson and not challenge the Islamic regime.
The Islamic patrol guards arrested Zahra, a young Iranian woman, raped
and murdered her. She joined thousands of other women who have been raped in
the Islamic regime’s prisons in the last 28 years.
As Iranian women intensified their struggles against their unequal
status, the regime also stepped up its suppression and violence against them.
Tens of women activists were arrested and sent to prisons charged with
fictitious ‘unlawful conduct’.
Thousands of women in Iran
were beaten and arrested for not following the proper Islamic code of dressing.
spite of all the atrocities women of Iran,
Turkey and Afghanistan are
not silenced. In the heart of the Middle East, the Iranian women endeavour to
send the news of their struggles against the misogynist and religious regime in
to the progressive forces all over the world. They try to connect the stream of
their struggles to the global sea of the women’s struggles.
reactionary regimes in the USA and Iran are each offering different versions of
the hell to us: either stoning to death, the gallows, forced veil and
rape by the ‘Revolutionary Guards’ in Iran or, like Iraq, a regime
supported by the USA and its allies under the economic sanctions, bombing and
military attacks and the obvious enslavement of women. Should we allow the ranks of the women’s
movements to be shattered by the two dreadful options of imperialists and the
reactionary Islamic regime in Iran?
Or should we rely on 28 years experience, knowledge and struggles of Iranian
women to prove that both hostile poles are the two versions of the patriarchal
and anti-woman systems and any support for one will inevitably strengthen the
we convey the demands of the majority of Iranian women who are determined to
get a future, independent of both the Islamic regime and the patriarchal forces
of the USA
and its allies to the people all over the world? Can we be the bearers of the
positive news that the Iranian women have chosen a separate path independent of
the dominant reactionary world order?
Theo choice is ours! The choice is yours!
8th March, we will be on the streets to proclaim our choice: We are
determined to write some pages of Iran’s contemporary history by
achieving our emancipation and equality. Our minimum demands are abolition of
all barbaric and unequal laws against women including stoning, forced veiling,
gender apartheid and securing right to divorce, right to keep children after
divorce, total control over our bodies, right to choose our partners as
heterosexual or lesbians and elimination of any religious control over or interference
in various aspect of women’s lives. We demand women’s freedom and emancipation
from any oppression and exploitation. These demands are achievable only with
the overthrow of the Islamic regime in Iran.
presence of each one of us at the 8th March demonstration will
reinforce our demands and determination to achieve those demands. Our Campaign
is planning a march on Belgium
the details of which will be announced later.
The Campaign for abolition of all misogynist gender based legislation
& Islamic punitive laws in Iran