Iran: Feminists protest women's repression
Rome, 12 June (AKI)
Iranian women have marked the fourth anniversary of a famous women's protest in silence.
The government did not approve any protests, marches or sit-ins for "women's solidarity day" to mark the anniversary of 11 June 2005. On the first anniversary, 70 feminists were arrested and many others were sentenced to up to six years in prison for calling for a review of laws such as the abolition of polygamy and equal rights.
Fariba Davoodi Mohajer is one of the feminists who were arrested in 2005. Several months ago, while in the US for several conferences, she was sentenced to six years in prison. Now the journalist and militant feminist lives in Washington. Davoodi Mohajer is an Islamic feminist who still appears in public dressed in a headscarf. "We are forced to be silent, for every request to meet peacefully is rejected," Davoodi Mohajer told Adnkronos International (AKI).
“The youngest ones who are looking to meet women in public places to join the campaign, "One million signatures for Equality" have been arrested, offended and mistreated," she said.
“In the last two years no Iranian media outlet, except those that are published or transmitted abroad, report a single line on the activities of groups that fight for the rights of women and all our websites have been blocked and are inaccessible inside the country."
“Reformers, afraid of the government's extensive repressive network, are not protesting publicly their support for the women's rights movement. “Women, besides the repression and the total censorship imposed by the government, must take into account the chauvinism of the parties and organisations that gravitate towards reform," she told AKI.
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