On the occasion of the International
Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
No to the
ownership of woman’s body!
year, November 25, the day of struggle against violence toward women, is coming
in a situation where the outbreak of the Corona virus and the resulting crisis
have highlighted the intensification of class society contradictions in various
economic, social, political and ideological areas, and has exposed the system
of oppression and exploitation more than before. The escalation of violence
against women on a global scale in just a few months of this epidemic is one of
the most stinking sewages that has been exposed by the operation of this system.
A system in which misogyny and oppression of women is one of the foundations of
year, November 25, comes when the threatening shadow of the Corona virus
prevails the world and continues to take its toll. But women, this half of the
world's population, in addition to struggling with the harsh and deadly
conditions created by this virus, must also fight the virus of patriarchy, which
has been intensified during this period! The crisis that has gripped the world
today has led to changes in people's lives, and in particular the family and
the key role of women in it. Changes that lead to the growth and spread of
violence against women. Compulsion in the close life of family members during
long hours under one roof, poor economic situation, poverty, unemployment,
anxiety about being infected with the virus, increasing excessive demand for
sex by men, etc. can be considered as reasons for increasing violence against
women. News of brutal violence against women in just a few months, a small
portion of which reached the media and virtual networks, showed only the tip of
the iceberg of oppression of women.
But the main question is what factors intensify and
spread violence against women, in any crisis and today in the crisis caused by
the Corona virus epidemic? It must be borne in mind that although violence
against women has spread widely over this period of several months and has
seriously endangered women's lives, this world, which has been and is dominated
by patriarchal capitalist-imperialist rule, has always been a deadly place for
women. Because one of the main and determining pillars for this system and in
all class societies that are divided into the exploiter and the exploited- is
the gender-based division of labor and the imposition of violence and
inferiority on women, without which, it cannot progress. Just as it cannot work
and move forward without the brutal exploitation of millions of workers and
toilers, without imperialist and proxy wars, without looting the environment,
without racism and national chauvinism, and so on. In fact, the vulnerability
of women in any crisis, including the crisis of the Corona, lies in the nature of
class societies and male ownership of women.
In a corner of this world, in countries like Afghanistan
and Iran where the religion of Islam is integrated into the state, violence
against women by these class governments, anti-woman laws based on Islamic Sharia law, and
repressive forces for the control of women, has become more catastrophic in
Let’s take a look at ‘honor killing’ in just one month,
- Somayeh Fathi,
an 18-year-old woman who was murdered by her father and brother.
- A man stabbed his sister to death.
- Fatemeh Barhi, a 19-year-old woman,
was stabbed to death by her husband and cousin.
- Romina Ashrafi, a 13-year-old girl, was killed with a
sickle by her father.
- Reyhaneh Ameri,
a 22-year-old woman, was killed with an ax by her father.
The names of dozens of women who were killed at this
month and whose deaths and names never made it to the media is still empty on
this list. But why were these women the victims of brutal anger of the men of
the family and were killed? Their "crime" has been to challenge to
some degree the patriarchal laws and culture, the "reputation" of the
family, and the authority and ownership of men. At the same time, the most
painful part is the complicity of some women with men who commit honor killings
to protect the "honor and dignity" of the family!
In today's world and ruling class system where everything
has become a commodity, women’s gender which is controlled by men has also
become a commodity and is strengthened through the spread of patriarchal
culture in the fabric of society. In this patriarchal system, both in countries
where religious fundamentalists are in power and in countries that claim to be
"modern", oppression of women is intertwined in their structure. Corona
epidemic, has shown more than before that women share the same fate as much as
the whole world system is privileging men to deepen their power relations as
one of its foundations.
Shocking narratives of women of any groups and classes,
nationality and color; about sexual harassment and rape that has become a
pandemic, about murder of women in the name of "honor" or
"love", about beating of women, feminization of death, feminization
of poverty, etc., once again highlighted the undeniable fact that male
ownership of the women’s bodies is an integral part of this class society.
These facts form the basis of unity for all the women around the world in their
common struggle against the roots of oppression and exploitation.
8 March Women’s Organization (Iran- Afghanistan)