We honour Iranian women who rebel against the regime to the cry of ‘women, life and freedom’
Today’s expression ‘Women’s Day’ perhaps tends to downplay the power and significance of International Women’s Day, which radically recalls values such as dignity, equality, resistance and the fight for rights.
This year we want to dedicate it to the young Iranian women, girls and children who are paying dearly for their courage to take to the streets in protest against the excessive power of the theocratic regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Currently, women do not have the right to sing (unless accompanied by a duet with a man), to dance, to go to stadiums (except for national team matches), to receive a proper inheritance, to dress as they wish (with the obligation to wear the hijab) and to travel abroad alone, etc.
For several months there have been protests triggered by the death of Masha Amini, who was violently beaten while being forcibly transferred to the detention centre in Tehran. The young woman, who was arrested in the square, was then transferred to Kasra hospital after slipping into a coma. She died three days later.(Source: https://www.amnesty.it)
Today, all over Iran, besides the continuous demonstrations and repressions, there are repeated episodes of mass poisonings of schoolgirls. The latest cases involved about a hundred high school girls in the capital and the capital of the northwestern province of the same name.
In Yarjani, a less usual occurrence, primary school girls were also affected, who were hospitalised after inhaling gas. There is speculation that the harmful substance may have come from a spray. In recent weeks, there has been a surge of incidents, which, however, began in November in Qom, when about fifty pupils had to be urgently hospitalised after they experienced nausea, severe headaches and dysentery. In three months, more than 1,200 girls have been intoxicated in two cities alone: Qom and Boroujerd. But the centres involved are increasing day by day (Fonte: radiomaria.it/iran-il-giallo-della-studentesse-intossicate-con-il-gas-colpa-delloccidente/).
The regime, to keep them at home, moved ‘Like in a horror story, they were poisoned for weeks at school desks. To stop them going. Hundreds of children and girls aged ten and up have been taken to hospital since the end of October with symptoms of severe respiratory poisoning: it happened in Qom, a large centre southwest of Tehran, where Deputy Health Minister Younes Panahi called a press conference yesterday, and in Borujerd. “It turned out,” he said, “that some people wanted to close schools, especially girls’ schools. Like in neighbouring Afghanistan’ (Source: https://www.corriere.it/esteri.)
(it is always 08 March)
The current protest of Iranian women as the driving force behind the rebellions against the theocratic and patriarchal regime deserves to enter the history of the struggles for emancipation and women’s rights.
Publicly, this anniversary originated at the beginning of the 20th century, when it appeared in several countries that each had their own date to dedicate to the occasion.
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly officially established 8 March as Women’s Rights Day worldwide.