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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 »

New Year Greetings for 2017

On the eve of the Christian New Year, the Democratic Organization of Iranian Women (DOIW) offers its greetings to all picasso picturewomen who are struggling for freedom and against the war-mongering policies of imperialism and reactionary forces – we wish you a year free from poverty, discrimination, and oppression, and assure you of our solidarity in your struggles.

We re-iterate our profound solidarity and support for the campaigns of women around the world against imperialist wars and neo-liberal economics which have resulted in mass migrations, sexual slavery, poverty and destitution for women and also for children – in particular, for the women of Iran who continually challenge and struggle against the despotic and misogynistic regime of the Supreme Leader.

We call for the freedom of all political prisoners in Iran, including scores of women political prisoners who are languishing in the regime’s torture chambers for having taken part in lawful civic campaigns.

We hope that the New Year will be a year of success for the people of the world, and one that spells the end to all forms of persecution, violence, and injustice – a year of freedom and peace and victory in the struggle of women worldwide.

The Democratic Organization of Iranian Women

20 December 2016

Appeal by the Mothers of Laleh Park

mothers of laale parkIn May 2016 the women who have come together under the banner Mothers of Laleh Park Iran and who have been campaigning against human rights violations in Iran, issued an open letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as shown here:

“May 2016
From: Mothers of Park Laleh Iran, (www.mpliran.net)

To:
Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Cc:
- Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
- Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran
- Mr. Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
- Mr. Juan Mendez, UN Special Repporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- Human Rights Watch
- International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
- Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights
- Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC)
- Amnesty International”

“We Demand an Intensive Investigation on the Violation of Human Rights in Iran and Ask for the Authorities to Be Held Accountable.
The systematic violation of human rights in Iran is beyond description and we must find a way to put an end to it. Freedom of thought and expression is virtually non-existent in our country. No dissidents, whether social and political activists, or religious minorities such as Baha’is, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sunni, atheists and people with diverse ethnic Read the rest of this entry »

DOIW’s message to WIDF and appeal for action in fighting Child Marriage

In a letter to the Women’s International Democratic Federation, the Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women has described the profound damage that the Islamic Republic’s policy of Distressed Child photopromoting child marriage is wreaking on young girls and children in our country and appealed to the Federation for its solidarity in taking action against this inhumane practice. The following are excerpts from the Organisation’s message:
‘Child marriage has serious and irreparable impacts on children’s physical and mental health. Many underage girls (under 18) die during or after childbirth.
The United Nations passed a resolution in 2014 that obligates all member states to ban child marriage and to ratify and enforce laws to prevent it and to punish who break them.
The legal age of marriage in Iran is 13 for girls and 15 for boys, and in some cases the child’s guardian could allow, with court’s approval, the child to be married even at earlier age. As such, legal avenues for child marriage are available. Moreover, the policy of “population increase” issued by the Supreme Leader in 14 articles and tasked to the government, urges the increase in the rate of pregnancy, lowering the age of marriage, and providing more services for pregnant women, which encourages child marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Issues Facing the Women’s Movement

The following is an account of some of the issues that face Iranian women.994-women-p8
“…The world has been witness to immense technological development and progress in the 21st century. These developments have had profound effect on our way of living, working and on individuals’ social relations. The effect of these changes has been significant in communications too. In addition to new problems, today’s world has been faced with new possibilities too. In the field of communications, the reach of news has extended to the most isolated places, and this can lead to public opinion being mobilised around vital issues.
It would not be an exaggeration to say the in many arenas of life we women continue to face massive problems. This is cause for sadness and concern…”. Read the rest of this entry »

Iranian New Year – Greetings

March 20th, 2016 marks the start of Iranian New Year. MaZanan offers new year greetings to its readers. We hope that the Iranian New Year will be a year of solidarity and collective struggle, of freedom for our Apple tree in springcountry and the unconditional release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, especially women who are incarcerated in the regime’s prisons; the repeal of misogynistic laws and executions, and all the conditions that deprive people, especially women, from living in a humane society with social justice.
MaZanan 19.03.2016

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 »

To the Women’s International Democratic Federation

The Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) marked its 70th anniversary in October 2015. The Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women, itself founded in 1942 sent its greetings to WIDF. The message is cited below:

To the Women’s International Democratic Federation

Esteemed members of the Executive Committee of the Federation, Read the rest of this entry »

Demand for answers on the 1988 massacre of political prisoners

The Justice Minister of the 11th government, Mostafa Poormohammadi has remarkable curriculum vitae. He was one of the henchmen of the Supreme Leader and a member of the special committee in charge of ‘cleansing the prisons’ during those years.
The mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 was orchestrated as an act of revenge against the people following the end of the Iran Iraq war, and the misXavaran62erable failure of the slogan” ‘war, war till victory’. In an interview with the press, Poormohammadi made some comments but offered no information. Now, after almost thirty years of silence, he has spoken.
This shameless executioner, with blood still dripping from his hands, is trying to portray himself as someone who believes in democracy. In a recent press conference he was asked about the 1988 executions, and said: ‘A person who has not lived through a war cannot pass judgement on the events of those years. The events of 1988 are inseparable from the issue of the imposed war, sufficient opportunity is required in order to explain those events.”
The regime’s criminal leaders and its henchmen like Poormohammadi, have not made clear yet, what legal justification they have for the few minutes long summary trials which were held in prison wards by the special death committee, and which passed sentences of death even on those who had already served their sentences. What evidence did the state offer for their charge and sentence; and why is it that even today, the regime refuses to let the families know the place of burial of the victims of this atrocity? Read the rest of this entry »

Shirin Ebadi Calls for Honesty from Hasan Rohani

Shirin Ebadi, lawyer and human right activist, said in an interview with Jaras, Shirin Ebadi“Unfortunately, since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, we have witnessed violations of human rights. These started with the firing squads that carried out the executions of a number of individuals associated with the Shah’s regime above the Refah School (shortly after the Revolution) and have continued since.” Ebadi stressed that she wasn’t supporting those associated with the previous regime, but that her point was the fact that those who were executed were not given a fair trial. In her view “the violation of human rights started with the shootings above the Refah School and continued with the heinous murders of the 1980s. It caused internal conflict and continued unabated after the death of Mr. Khomeini and has continued since Mr. Khamene’I has become Leader”. Read the rest of this entry »