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Yassamine Mather examines the reality of the continuing struggle against the regime's oppression.
On March 8, for the second time in a week, demonstrators gathered in the streets of Tehran and other major cities in Iran to protest against the regime - despite its attempts at suppression, its armed security forces, its tear gas and its arrests.
Thirty-two years ago, on March 8 1979, tens of thousands of Iranian women took part in the first major demonstration against the newly established Islamic Republic of Iran, following the forced imposition of the hijab. The women’s slogans were: “I say it every moment, I say it under torture: either death or freedom!” “Freedom is neither eastern nor western: it is universal!” “Death to censorship!” “In the dawn of freedom, the place of women is empty: revolution is meaningless without women’s freedom - we do not want the hijab!” read full story / add a comment
cork / gender and sexuality / news report Friday March 11, 2011 02:05 by Ray 1 comment (last - friday march 11, 2011 02:13) 9 images
Tuesday March 8th was International Women's Day, and to celebrate it Cork WSM and several other organisations in the city organised a number of events in various locations. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / news report Tuesday March 08, 2011 11:03 by Andrew 1 comment (last - tuesday march 08, 2011 11:05) 1 image 5 audio files
Around 80 people took part in Sunday's annual Feminist Walking Tour to mark International Women's Day. The tour was organised by Choice Ireland, Lashback and RAG and for the first time was confined to the south side of the city, starting at Stephen's Green and ending up in Temple Bar. The audio from the individual stops on the tour is below. read full story / add a comment
A statement of solidarity for International Women's Day. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Monday March 07, 2011 14:07 by Dorothy Gale 1 comment (last - tuesday march 08, 2011 17:16) 1 image
As the womenss movement and progressive throughout the world celebrate International women's day HOPI Ireland ask people in Ireland not to forget those who do not have even basic human rights. HOPI (Hands off the People of Iran) Ireland wish to remind people today to remember the plight of Iranian women suffering under the dictatorship of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the state control that stops them from the same rights that many women in Ireland take for granted: the right to work, the right to education, the right to protest and even the right to dress in the way they want. read full story / add a comment
cork / gender and sexuality / news report Friday February 11, 2011 15:07 by Paul McAndrew 9 comments (last - sunday february 20, 2011 07:28) 1 image
Telling people they should hide is a threat.
This man, regularly standing on Patrick St Cork is making a political attack on the queer community and its allies and should be met with a political response. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / news report Tuesday January 04, 2011 13:09 by Trade Union TV 1 video file
Last December 9th, 2010 the Feminist Open Forum held probably the first all women panel discussing the Irish economy and economic crisis. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / news report Thursday October 21, 2010 01:25 by Martuki 2 images 1 attached file
BOOK REVIEW: FERNANDO LUGO, EL SATIRO DE SAN PEDRO read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Friday September 24, 2010 13:41 by Farshad Hoseini
For Immediate Publication.
This is the second year that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence at the UN is causing a storm of international protests. Last year, it was primarily due to Neda Agha-Soltan’s murder in broad daylight at a Tehran protest and this year it is the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.
Last year, under public pressure, Ahmadinejad outrageously declared that Neda had been killed by protestors rather than the regime’s own security forces. This year, he has outrageously announced that Sakineh was never sentenced to death by stoning. The reason for his absurd claim is not that there is any truth in it but because of the massive international protest movement against stoning and executions in Iran led by the International Committee against Stoning and the International Committee against Execution. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Tuesday September 07, 2010 22:12 by Goranka Gudel 2 comments (last - friday september 10, 2010 02:09)
For Immediate Publication
One Law for All Protest the Pope
7 September 2010
One Law for All is adding its support to Protest the Pope. Spokesperson, Maryam Namazie, will be speaking at the 18 September march and rally beginning at Hyde Park Corner at 1.30pm (www.protest-the-pope.org.uk).
One Law for All’s opposition to Sharia courts and religion’s adverse role in public life necessitates a criticism of the Pope and Vatican. Whilst the Pope is free to travel to meet his supporters, he cannot be free from criticism, particularly given that his visit is a state one and because of his and the Vatican’s regressive policies. Amongst other things, the Pope and Vatican are opposed to equal rights for women and homosexuals as well as condom distribution to AIDS-ravaged societies in Africa. They have refused to address many thousands of cases of child sex abuse and torture, deliberately perverting the course of justice in these cases, and moving predatory priests from location to location giving them the opportunity to re-offend. read full story / add a comment
For Immediate Release.
According to an open letter published today, September 3rd, by Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, son of Mrs. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, under the pretext of the publication in the London Times of a photo of a woman without Islamic hijab, Sakineh has been sentenced to 99 lashes on charges of spreading corruption and indecency.
On August 28, The Times mistakenly published a front page photo of a woman without Islamic hijab and attributed the image as that of Mrs. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. However, the photo was actually of another woman, Mrs. Susan Hejrat, a political activist living in Sweden. The photo of Mrs. Hejrat had been published earlier on a website along with her article about Sakineh. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Thursday August 19, 2010 14:59 by Mina Ahadi 2 comments (last - friday august 20, 2010 14:35)
For Immediate Publication.
According to a report disseminated by the International Committee against Execution, in addition to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, at least 21 others in the Islamic Republic's prisons are living with the nightmare of a stoning conviction. At any moment, their sentences could be implemented. These verdicts should be overturned immediately and this despicable punishment against humanity should be abolished everywhere and forever. read full story / add a comment
For Immediate Publication.
Iran stoning case, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is at imminent risk of execution in Tabriz prison.
Moreover, her well known human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, is in prison in Turkey after having fled the country to evade arrest for his advocacy work. His wife remains in prison in Iran – held hostage – until he is remanded into the regime’s custody (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/?p=1652). Given Turkey’s close relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mostafaei can face deportation back to Iran even though he has applied for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees there.
Campaigners are concerned about the safety of Mostafaei and his wife. We are also extremely concerned for Ashtiani’s life. The regime may be preparing to execute her within the next few days, particularly given that the Tabriz prosecutor has demanded her execution and is awaiting the Tehran high court’s confirmation (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/?p=1665). read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Monday July 26, 2010 17:17 by Paul McAndrew 1 comment (last - tuesday july 27, 2010 14:48)
Urgent! Attack on vital health provision for trans people in Ireland
The Labour councillor making the call for cuts. is Colm Keaveney . I've already spoken to him on this mobile number. It works. Got it from Labour website.
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international / gender and sexuality / press release Wednesday June 23, 2010 16:00 by Maryam Namazie
Press Release - For Immediate Publication.
Several hundred people joined One Law for All on 20 June at Downing Street to show their opposition to Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and to demand universal rights and secularism. A new report “Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights” was published on the day to coincide with the rally.
Human rights activist Gita Sahgal said of the report: “I think it is highly significant that in Britain there has been silence where there should have been condemnation. There is active support for ‘Sharia laws’ precisely because it is limited to denying women rights in the family. No hands are being cut off, so there can’t be a problem. Unfortunately for us, senior law officers will find that human rights expert bodies often have a similar attitude. They have done little research on the impact of family laws and the denial of justice caused by parallel systems of justice. That is why the findings of this report are so important. It is such dedicated work that changes the thinking of the experts.” read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Monday June 21, 2010 05:26 by Dave Donnellan 1 video file 1 attached file
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has been described as the Ugandan bishop Tutu. He is currently on a visit to Ireland speaking against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently making its way through the Ugandan parliament. The bill prescribes the death penalty for consensual sexual acts between LGBT people. The bill is partly the outcome of the activities of American pentacostalists working in the country. Christopher has been ostracised by his fellow bishops in Uganda for his stance. Below is a rush transcript of the interview. read full story / add a comment
Press Release: For Immediate Distribution
A new report by One Law for All has found Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals to be in violation of UK law, public policy and human rights.
Read the press release about the report here: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/new-report-sharia-law-in...ghts/
Download the full report here: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/New-R...n.pdf
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cork / gender and sexuality / news report Sunday June 06, 2010 23:05 by Ray 7 comments (last - sunday june 27, 2010 21:38) 25 images
This is the 5th annual Cork Pride Parade, and it brought colour and smiles aplenty to Cork's streets this bank holiday Saturday. read full story / add a comment
tyrone / gender and sexuality / press release Sunday May 23, 2010 23:00 by Ní Saoirse go Saoirse na mBan 5 images
"A very comradely initiative" is how guest speaker Barry McElduff MLA described Ógra Shinn Féin's 'celebrating the women of struggle' dinner dance.
The national event held in the Fir Trees, in Strabane last Saturday night attracted a large crowd from across Ireland gathered to pay tribute to the woman on the roll of honour, to their families and a number of honourees. read full story / add a comment
The following excerpts are from an interview by the Iranian student’s newspaper Bazr (issue 45-February 2010) with Shahrzad Mojab. This long interview is on the current political and social situation in Iran. The section excerpted here concerns the woman question and the role of Iranian women in the recent struggle that we are reprinting on the occasion of 8th March, International Women’s Day. Shahrzad Mojab is an Iranian women activist and researcher who left Iran in 1983. She is the author of numerous papers and books on Iranian women, Kurdish women, and women in war zones. Mojab is currently a professor at the University of Toronto in Canada.
Translation by A WorldTo Win News Service.
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