Statement number 3:
Countdown to the outburst that is on the way
A storm is approaching and the reverse counting of the struggle promises
our visits and our struggle. We are preparing once again to occupy the streets
on the occasion of the 8th March the day of the international women’s struggle,
to echo ever more loudly the voice of resistance and courageous struggles of
Iranian women. On the 40th anniversary of the 5 days uprising of women in Iran
against ‘the decree of compulsory Hijab’
on 8th March 1979, we are going to commemorate and echo the struggles of
those revolutionary women against compulsory Hijab, in the streets of Germany
(Hamburg), Netherland (Den hag) and Belgium (Brussels) on 6th , 7th and 8th
March 2019 and it is to rediscover the roots of ‘Women of the Revolution
Street’ ( the women who defied the compulsory Hijab, these women started their struggle from the ‘Revolution street’ in Tehran and because
of that are known as the women of the Revolution Street, this struggle that
started in December 2017 and January 2018 spread to various part of Tehran and
Iran is still going on by groups and individual women) and the
scion that fearlessly started to grow, stand on its forceful
historic roots. We are going to find our
alliance and channel the stream of women’s struggle in Iran to the sea of the
world’s women struggle.
Our steps towards the struggle is accelerating every moment to uncover
the tone of the Iranian people’s struggle against Islamic regime and speed it
up. We are going to resonate the forty years of resistance and struggle of
Iranian women for their most basic rights against one the most contemporary
anti-women regime in the world. We are
preparing to fascinate and reflect ever more the strength of workers struggle,
the bravery of students struggle, the unceasing struggles of teachers… and the
rebellion of the women in Iran.
Why on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of
Because the women’s uprising in 1979, is a golden chapter of the hundred
years of women’s struggle in Iran and an indication of a real leap in the
Iranian women’s movement against gender oppression. Because the women were the
first target of the Islamic fundamentalists who had just seized the power and
in order to consolidate their Islamic power they tried to push the women to the
closet. But women were the first social groups that grasped the backward nature
of this newly empowered regime and struggled against the assault on their basic
rights and with their struggle not only exposed the state’s control on women’s
body but by chanting ‘we didn’t make revolution to go backward’ they conveyed a
concentrated and effective manifestation from the part of the whole society
against Islamic fundamentalists. However the struggle of the women against the compulsory
Hijab was unaided due to the deviation, doubts and the silence of the other
revolutionary political forces and at the end it was suppressed, but the new
women’s movement with this struggle was born. For the first time in the history
of the Iranian movement, women who always had actively participated in the
struggles, independently and outside the umbrella of other political-social
forces put forward the issue of the gender oppression concretely and fought for
In the 40th anniversary of these all bravery and resistance, we are
going to be the voice of all those women and their determination and
advancement and apart from the distortion of the main stream media, we are
going to be the loud voice of the forty years of the revolutionary liberating
demand of the Iranian women against the anti-women regime of Islamic regime.
Why the advancement of women’s movement can not be limited to women and the women’s movement?
Because the Islamic regime has lost its legitimacy due to the deep
political- social-economic crisis and due to its internal conflict and
international pressures and also because of the struggle of workers, toilers
and all oppressed classes. Women not
only with their large number but also with their qualitative impact have had a
courageous present in all these struggles but the scattered struggles of women
against gender oppression has not found its independent, mass organization.
Women and other social and class movements should be able to apply the
historical lessons of 1979 uprising from this moment. The women’s struggle
against gender oppression not only does not negate the struggle against the
other forms of oppression and exploitation, but also the advancement of the
women’s movement can only be ensured by putting forward the women’s demand in
women’s movement and other social movements. Today the strengthening and
organizing the revolutionary women’s movement is the key in unleashing the
women’s outrage and discontent in all social movements. By putting forward the
women’s demand in these movements it would pave the way for interconnection and
interrelation between women’s movement and other social movements and would
help finding the common roots of the struggles against all sorts of oppression
Why and how to join the international women
Presenting women’s body as commodity and displaying it for sale from one
side and concealing it under the compulsory Hijab on the other side have both
the same nature and both consider it as a sex object in one place the male
chauvinism orders its concealing and in another place in the pornography
industry and in sex trades present it on sale. As a result the women’s struggle
in Iran against the compulsory Hijab and other forms of violence against women
is not separated from the global struggle of women against male chauvinism of
the capitalist system. For the very same reason we consider our struggle part
of women’s advancement in a world scale and in particular in the Middle East.
Why the international solidarity is needed?
Due to the intensification of the social-economic and political crisis
of Islamic regime and the escalation of the contradiction with the US, the
sanction and the (neo- liberalists) contention among the imperialists, the
people and specifically the most basic masses and in particular the women will
be the main sections who will suffer the most. At the same time both
reactionary sides are trying to impose this idea that there are only two
choices either the slavery of neo liberalism (sanction, war and imperialist’s
intervention) or Islamic fundamentalism. However we know that while these two
forces are in conflict but at the same time they have common interests and can
coexist with each other and the people have no influence on their political
decisions as the people of Iraq and Afghanistan did not have. For the very same
reason the Iranian people and in particular women have no need the so called
international savior nor the Islamic fundamentalists.
What they need is the solidarity of people of the world. They need that their
voice to be resonated by the progressive and revolutionary forces and in
particular the women and the people of the world stand next to the struggle of
the people of Iran.
Why to struggle against compulsory Hijab?
We are well aware that the struggle against the gender oppression cannot
be limited to the struggle against violence on women and the struggle against
violence cannot be limited to the struggle against the compulsory Hijab. But in
Iran, the compulsory Hijab is at the heart of the state violence against women
and is a symbol and an ideological base of a theocratic state. It is the main
mechanism to control the body and the sexuality of women and consolidating the
subjugation of women by the Islamic capitalist state.
For this reason by mobilizing and organizing the masses around
compulsory Hijab and strengthening and deepening the struggle of women against
the compulsory Hijab, it would be possible to target other features of violence
against women such as anti-women laws and the punishments that are based on
Islamic Sharia law. Then by continuing such a path the unity of the women’s
struggle around the source of these obvious state violence and also a leap
forward for the women’s movement would become a possibility. That is why we are
going to link the channels of struggles against compulsory Hijab and other
forms of violence on women to the struggle against Islamic regime as the main
cause of subjugation of women in Iran.
The meaning and the concept of the solidarity is that in any possible
way helping the 3 days march of the Iranian women campaign (Karzar)
to be as successful as possible.
Stand with the women who are relying on their own force and the
commitment they have to their 40 years just struggle against one of the most
vicious anti-women regime in the world.
Stand with the women who want to be the loud voice of oppressed but they
know that this struggle will not be realized without a full struggle against
gender oppression from very this moment and everywhere in the world.
Stand with the women who want to continue their struggle against
compulsory Hijab and other forms of gender oppression in the service of the
revolutionary overthrowing of Islamic republic and all their imperialists
backers. This is a beginning for the liberation of women and all the oppressed
from the dominant system of oppression and exploitation.
Join the women campaign to struggle state, social and domestic violence
against women in Iran (Karzar) and convey our call to
all the progressive forces and the individuals from any walk of the life.
Stand with us in 3 days march and make the voice of
the Iranian women louder.
‘The campaign to fight state, social and domestic
violence against women in Iran’
29 January 2019
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