There is much that the global feminist movement can learn from the current women’s struggle in Iran and their vision.
Twenty independent organizations and unions of Iranian teachers, workers, women, students and retirees have issued the following statement of minimum demands:
Below is the video of a bilingual (English/Persian) dialogue between Ukrainian feminists, Oksana Dutchak, Yuliya Yurchenko and Iranian feminist, Frieda Afary. It was live-streamed on January 18 by the Iranian human rights website and radio, Zamaneh, which is based in Holland and has readers/viewers inside Iran.
At the end of the fourth month of the current uprising in Iran, we can argue that in comparison to previous uprisings in 2009, 2017-18 and 2019, the degree of working-class participation has been greater, and the ways in which the rights of women and minorities are being raised are unprecedented. There is agreement among the majority of the Iranian public that a revolution is needed to open the path to the creation of a peaceful and democratic alternative.
Here, I would like to single out some elements of the current uprising which could be clearly characterized as feminist. At the same time, I would like to heed the voices of those Iranian feminists inside Iran who argue that we need a deepening of the content and vision of this struggle in order to call it a feminist revolution.
This article was originally published by Truthout on December 7, 2022