On the occasion of November 25th, the International Day for the
Elimination of violence against women!
Womenʼs uprising against compulsory hijab, the most central state-organized
violence in Iran!
This year, as we are preparing for the struggles of the International
Day to fight violence against Women, the glorious struggles of women in Iran
against the compulsory hijab, the most central form of state-organized violence
against women is in its 8th week.
We have left a year behind through which women all over the world
have been collectively and individually fighting for their most basic rights.
They have been in various ways confronting with rape, beating, murder, "honour"
killing, forced pregnancy, sexual harassment, forced marriage, etc. In fact,
they have been ceaselessly struggling against violence. As much as violence
against women has become global, womenʼs resistance and struggle has also taken
on wider global dimensions.
On the other side of the world, in Afghanistan, women are fighting
against the brutal violence of the ‘Islamic Emirate of the Taliban’. Since the
Taliban came to power, the women of Afghanistan are the only section that has
never stopped fighting, and they have stood firm in front of an extremely
misogynistic rule, and despite many dangers and sacrifices, they continue their
way to liberate themselves from violence and oppression.
In Iran, the flames of the womenʼs rebellion against the mandatory
hijab, which began after the brutal murder of Zhina (Mahsa) Amini on 17th
September 2022, quickly spread throughout the country. The uprising that the
leading role of women has made it unique and despite the brutal suppression of
the Islamic regime, it has been continuing and developing until today.
The revolutionary uprising of women all through the country against
the mandatory hijab has had many dimensions:
1- A regime that declared mandatory hijab as its symbol from the
beginning and by using force and anti-women laws not only intended to control
the women’s body but also tried to gain the support of men, has suffered an
2-This uprising has inflicted an important blow to the regime that
tried ceaselessly to preserve and deepen anti-women tradition and by this way
brought violence against women into every home.
3- This uprising inflicted an effective blow to the regime that
during the last forty-three years, one of its most important areas of propaganda
and agitation was the spread of patriarchal culture among the people,
4- This uprising paved the way for the intellectual and social
transformation in the society so that men to turn away the special privileges
that was given to them by the ruling system in order to help in controlling and
5- This uprising united all the oppressed nationalities to fight
against anti-women rule with the slogan of "Woman, Life, Freedom".
6- At the same time, the women’s uprising in Iran has taken a
leading role in the global womenʼs movement against violence and oppression,
which is one of the pillars of a system that its foundation is on global
oppression and exploitation.
In fact, the womenʼs uprising against the mandatory hijab has
become the key link in the fight against all misogynistic social relations. The
struggles in which a great number of women have been fighting persistently to
gain the ownership of their bodies and in this way tens of women so far have
lost their lives in just the last few weeks; in the struggles that have become
a decisive war against the regime.
The womenʼs uprising with such a broad and inspiring dimension
promises a different future, a future that will be marked by the revolutionary
overthrow of the Islamic regime. A revolution in which women are at the
forefront. A revolution that putting an end to any form of violence against
women is on its agenda. A revolution that by relying on advanced women, paves
the way for more radical breaks from the patriarchal and violent culture in the
Undoubtedly, the global struggle of women against various forms of
violence has an important place in advancing the struggle to eliminate gender
oppression. But the brave and glorious struggles of women in Iran revealed the
fact that fighting against the patriarchal capitalist system, which is the main
factor in the production and reproduction of violence against women, is the
8 March Womenʼs Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan)
November 20, 2022