It is a century since we celebrate 8th
March, the International Women’s Day.
March has provided an excellent opportunity for women to heighten their
struggle against oppression. The women have been fighting more intensely and more
organised during the last hundred years. With the birth of the women’s movement
during this period the women have achieved a lot.
However women are
still suffering from gender discrimination and inequality sometime in its worst
Violence and discrimination
against women is global and no woman with the existence of imperialism and
capitalism that imposes its patriarchal system can be spared from that.
We know how there
are tens of thousands of women even in the developed capitalist’s countries who
are murdered by their husband or partners every year or are the victim of rape
We know how
thousands of the innocent young women and teenagers are hunted from all over
the world and are sexually exploited by so called sex industry.
At the same time
there are also women in other parts of the world, such as Iran, Afghanistan,
Iraq, Pakistan and so on… who their most basic rights are trampled. The news of
convicting an Iranian woman Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani because of adultery is a telling
story, that how women in these countries are condemned to death and are
punished because of being with the man who they love.
Since there is a
religious regime ruling Iran,
Hejab or covering the head and the body is compulsory
for women. In fact Islamic regime is enforcing its so called ideological values
through oppressing the women.
We Iranian, made
a revolution 32 years ago, women took part actively with the hope to achieve
their liberation or at least take some steps forward in that direction.
But the empowerment
of a religious regime was a retreat in women’s situation.
The Hejab’s law that first was imposed on women was only the
first step in imposing others anti-women law’s. Women are degraded and considered
as half a man
officially deprived from many rights such as divorce, custody and even travel
unless with the permission of their husband.
Sisters: We are celebrating 100 anniversary of 8th March at the
time when the people and women in Middle-East are fighting for their rights. We
strongly support these struggles and especially the struggle of women for their
believe what went wrong in the Iranian revolution and what happened to Iranian
women should be a lesson not only for ourselves but also for the women all over
the world and especially for our sisters in Tunisia,
and other countries in the Middle-East who are fighting their oppressors.
The truth is that
we the Iranian women did not raise our demands and in fact we all put our
weights behind the general demands of the revolution in order to get rid of one
dictator. But we never thought that a new dictator would replace the old one, a
dictator or dictators who will use the weapon of religion to impose
anti-women’s law and oppress the women even harder.
We did not think
enough that what a religious regime would mean for the women.
The lessons that
are achieved are at the cost of the life of millions of women who have been
deprived of their most basic rights. At the cost of young women’s who have been
raped and executed, at the cost of the life of women who have been stoned to
death, or killed because of honour of the family and so on…
We women should
never again repeat the serious mistake we made in Iran and we should not let the
dictatorship of a religious regime replaces another dictator. The big powers are talking about
democracy but they do not mind a religious regime as long as it serves their
interest such as those in Iraq,
rights and make sure we raise it from the first day. Fighting for separation of
any religion from the state power is a basic necessity in our fight and an
important condition for the unity of the whole people in their struggle for
Victory to the
struggles of Women against violence, discrimination and oppression.
Victory to the
struggle of our sisters and the people in the Middle-East against the
Long Live 8
March international women’s day.
Women’s organisation (Iran-Afghanistan)-UK
5 March 2011