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Pain and Suffering of Iranian Children

The murder of several little girls in recent weeks, has drawn media’s attention to the suffering of children, the unprecedented increase in the rate of child marriage and the appalling social damage caused by child abuse  Iran. These are only a small part of the social problems related to the children that surface in the media. They are rooted in poverty and unemployment, combined with ignorance, cultural poverty, and policies based on the traditionalist and reactionary views of the ruling regime in Iran. Combined with an absence of legal and stat

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e protection for children, these conditions exacerbate social problems and the suffering of the children in Iran.
According to the statistics, children make up 24 million of Iran’s population (according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, anyone below the age of eighteen years is defined as a child). Sociologists deem children as the most defenseless and vulnerable individuals in a society. The Convention states, “The Convention states that everyone under the age of 18 (the definition of a child), regardless of gender, origin, religion or possible disabilities, needs special care and protection because children are often the most vulnerable.”
Despite signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran’s theocratic regime has taken no steps towards it. The Child Protection Act has been gathering dust in the bureaucracy of the parliament for years. The regime persecutes organisations that genuinely promote the rights of children, it conceals and obstructs the publication of data on the harm done to children and works towards removing the subject from the agenda of periodic international meetings on the rights of children, and it tries to present fake statistics. In Read the rest of this entry »

8th of March, the day of solidarity of women all over the world

Jam'iat_e_nesvan_e_vatan-khah01The Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women issued a statement on the International Women’s Day: “Greetings to all hard-working women, on the occasion of 8th March, the day of solidarity with the struggle of women the world over, for freedom from sexual and class exploitation, for a better world, free from poverty, violence, war and exploitation, a world of equal rights.
The 8th of March is not only a reminder of the relentless struggle of workers for their rights against discrimination and inequality, but also an occasion to honour a century and a half of women’s movement with its successes and setbacks – a movement whose achievements have changed the face of the world in the interest of working and deprived people, especially women.
This day is also irrevocably linked with the name and memory of its founder, Clara Zetkin, one of the renowned leaders of the German communist and working class movement. For the first time, in the conference of socialist women in 1910, she proposed this day as the day of commemoration of the women workers in USA who had been gunned down by the police to protect the interests of capitalism. In the following year, in 1911, the second international accepted this proposal and since then, the international women’s day has been commemorated by progressive women in different countries, as their conditions allow.
The 8th March is not merely a day of celebration, it is the day of renewal of our resolve to uphold the values for which the world’s communists and progressives, and women at their helm, have fought:  freedom from sexual and class exploitation. Today, more than 150 years after its inception, this struggle of women worldwide has had immense achievements such as raising awareness about the role of women in society, it has succeeded in bringing about the preliminary conditions for ending sexual inequality, such as ending numerous misogynistic laws in patriarchal societies, and the realisation of the social, economic and political rights of women in many countries in the world. In addition, the effective role of women in the anti-war movement, against poverty and violence and for the environment, has turned women’s movement into an effective force in political developments in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Campaigns for the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-based Violence in Iran and the World

The Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women supports whole-heartedly the international campaigns against violence that are held the world over between 25th November and 10th December every year. Every year, during this period millions of people, especially progressive women, the world over, participate in the campaign that culminates on the 10th of December the day of Orange the WorldHuman Rights, and is a manifestation of the integral connection between violence against women and the breach of human rights, in other words, violence against women is the violation of human rights.
The organised struggle of women in these days have been called Orange the World and have the following aims:
Raising awareness of sexual violence and identifying it as a violation of human rights at local, regional and international levels;
Intensifying the local actions regarding sexual violence and creating transparent relations between local and international action towards an end to violence towards women;
Organising networks in which activists can devise, share and promote new strategies against sexual violence;
Raising the profile of women’s solidarity and organizing against violence against women;
Putting pressure on governments to honour their legal undertakings in the field of ending violence against women. Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings on the 8th of March

We greet all women on the occasion of 8th of March, the day of solidarity of women worldwide, as we call for building a new world, one free from war, poverty, violence, discrimination, and inequality; and struggle for peace, freedom, and social justice.demonstration
We, the women of Iran, celebrated this day 93 years ago, twelve years after Clara Zetkin the prominent fighter in the communist and working class, and women’s movement had marked it in 1910. To this day, we have celebrated the 8th of March relentlessly as we have struggled against reaction and medieval despotism, discrimination and inequality.

Through our struggle for equal rights, we forced the reactionary monarchy to acknowledge the right to education for girls and to-date we occupy 60% of places in higher education institutions. However, the reactionary regime of the Supreme Religious Leader sees us as the weaker sex, in the civil law we are seen as second class citizens and are under the yoke of men in the family who own the right to give or refuse permission for us to work or travel. Even the right of choosing our clothes has been taken from us. Every time that there has been the slightest opening in the oppressive climate in the country, we have tried to extend our wings and to inform people of our rights. Our struggle is not against men, but against misogynistic and medieval laws that Read the rest of this entry »

Victims and Survivors of Barbaric Acid Attacks on Women and Girls

Women live under constant threat due to the regime’s failure to allow a civil society to emerge based on respect for human Acid attack on womenrights and freedoms of its people – women and men; and due to the regime’s use of violence against women as a method of control, as we saw in the Acid attacks against women in Isfahan in the previous months. The tragedies that unfold as a result of these barbaric acts against women and children are the direct result of the misogynist values that the Islamic Republic has promoted vehemently over its more than three decades of rule over our country. The Guardian Newspaper (in Britain) carried an article, posted on their digital site on April 26th recounting the story of one of the survivors of an Acid attack: Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings on the 8th of March, the Day of Solidarity of Women of Iran and the World

Ma Zanan conveys its greetings on the 8th of March, the International Women’s Day, the day of commemorating the heroic struggle of women workers of New York, whose blood was spilled by jz-8marsthe police protecting capitalism, 158 years ago. This is the day when the women of the world renew their vow to fight gender and class inequality and injustice and to create a world free of all forms of violence. Ma Zanan greets all, especially the combatant women of Iran who continue the struggle for equality while faced with a regime that is misogynistic and medieval in the extreme with all the restrictions and oppression associated with it.

MaZanan 08.03.2015

Tribute by Reporters Without Borders on International Women’s Day

The website of Reporters Without Borders has published a tribute to ten women activists in different parts of the world, on the occasion of Noushin KhorasaniInternational Women’s Day. The collective section of the tribute and that related to Iran are published below:
“More and more women are entering journalism, a profession long reserved for men. Some have chosen to focus on investigative reporting, covering human rights violations, corruption or other subjects that are off-limits in their society. Like their male colleagues, they are the targets of threats, intimidation, physical violence and even murder because of their reporting. Read the rest of this entry »

Violence and Iranian Women – On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

On 25th November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women condemn the daily violence against women, in their homes and families, in the city streets, places of work and society, the violence

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that is institutionalised and is perpetrated both individually and collectively.

We demand an end to the violence against women and demand a change to the laws, and to the cultural and educational background that give rise to it., with the help of lawyers and experts in the field of women’s rights.

We list some of what is practiced in Iran today and constitute violence against women.
You are subjected to violence when:
You are prevented to choose the educational or career path of your choice simply because you are a women; Read the rest of this entry »

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November

The Secretary General of UN, Ban Ki-Moon has written on the importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, published on the UN website.

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Ban Ki-Moon has written: “Violence against women and girls directly affects individuals while harming

our common humanity. In response to this global challenge, I launched my UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2008. Since then, partners around the world have joined our drive to protect the human rights of women and girls to live free from violence.”

“I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change.” Read the rest of this entry »

Islamic Republic in the final stage of ratifying Outrageous Bill Legalising a form of Paedophilia

Till recently, the Law of Protection of Children in Iran, prohibited the marriage of a “guardian” with his “step-daughter”; but as of Sunday 22nd September 2013, a bill has been approved by the Parliament that will allow this, and is on its way to the Guardian Council for its final stage of ratification.Distressed Child photo
Article 27 of the Bill states: “Marriage of the guardian with adopted child is prohibited both during the guardianship and afterwards, unless the court rules, following consultation…, that this is in the interest of the child” (cited in Sedaye Mardom 28.09.2013). This Bill was ratified in Parliament (Majles) in February 2013, when the presidential elections dominating the news. The weakness of civil and children’s rights organizations and their weaknesses in mass communication meant that at the time, it did not come to public attention in the way it deserved. Read the rest of this entry »