Worker 808 Thursday March 11 2010
Women’s Day, around 100 people gathered outside the Iranian embassy in London to protest against the repression of women in Iran. Organised
by the March 8 Women’s Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan), they heard a range of
female speakers, who demanded an end to the Islamic regime.
No wonder that
there was not a green scarf in sight. “Moussavi and
his supporters are part of the Islamic regime. But we are with those women in Iran who want
more than just a few reforms. We want the overthrow of the entire regime,” said
Yassamine Mather, chair of Hands Off
the People of Iran, which supported the event.
Women’s Day, which was established on the initiative of Clara Zetkin and the Second International in 1910, has always
focused not just on the suffering of women - but their fightback,
too. And who can deny that women in Iran have to struggle against more
enemies than most of us? Not only do they face the general patriarchal
prejudices that all women do. They have also been at the forefront of the fight
against the Islamic regime. After all, one of the first actions of the
theocracy after the 1979 revolution was to force all women to wear the hijab.
But women also bear
the main brunt of imperialist intervention in the country - be it in the form
of sanctions or the threat of direct military intervention. “One just has to
look at Iraq and Afghanistan to
see how the rights of women have been rolled back since the occupation,” said
Leila Parnia, the main organiser of the event.
Go to www.hopoi.org to see highlights
of the event.