Iranian Daughters: Struggling for the Rights Their Mothers Lost in the Revolution

The young collective, made up of a dozen women, many of whom are mothers, has been making waves in France in the months since it was founded online. The group posted a viral video — with more than 4.3 million views — they filmed showing the Iranian regime’s repression of its population.

They’re all on Snapchat and can peer into the lives of their cousins around the world, acutely aware they’re the only ones who have to wear a school uniform that includes a hooded headscarf, as though they are Benedictine nuns. Nowadays in Iran, women drop their hijabs to show their solidarity with protesters. To learn more about the plight of women in Iran and whether their discontent poses a threat to the regime, read our analysis of last year’s protests and our forecast of how they might play out this year.

  • “Authorities should seriously pursue the issue of students’ poisoning,” state media quoted Khamenei as saying on March 6 in his most-forceful public response so far to the situation, according to Reuters.
  • “The possibility that girls in Iran are being possibly poisoned simply for trying to get an education is shameful, it’s unacceptable,” she told a news briefing.
  • Leftist organizations were more tolerant of ethnic and religious minorities and helped break down many old hierarchies of status and gender.
  • She is every political prisoner, every Iranian who has been forced into silence or into the diaspora, every person who dreams of a better future.

All of these numbers are expected to be higher, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency. The two women who reported on Amini’s death, Niloofar Hamedi and Elahe Mohammadi, were arrested some time ago, but earlier this month, so was their lawyer. The United States imposed sanctions on Wednesday on two senior Iranian prison officials responsible for serious human rights abuses against women and girls.

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Because of information blackouts, it is impossible to know just how many people have been active in the movement so far. As the sociologist Mohammad Ali Kadivar has noted, however, today’s movement has attracted far broader support than other recent protests, both in the streets and from key sectors of Iranian society. Beyond reformists, students, and intellectuals in major cities, the movement has engaged diverse bases of support from oil workers to prominent athletes and artists to merchants from Tehran’s bazaar.

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Various professional and artistic groups—including actors, lawyers, doctors, nurses, teachers, professors, and even some past and present members of the national soccer team—have expressed solidarity with the protests. In subsequent protests, visuals have been at the heart of women’s efforts to mobilize against the Islamic Republic. In 2014, women began recording themselves walking, cycling, dancing and singing in public unveiled, under the banner of the “My Stealthy Freedom” movement. Started by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-born journalist based in New York, the movement protested the forced wearing of the hijab and other restrictive laws by showing women breaking them. It’s as simple as reaching out to fellow Iranian peers, students and faculty and checking in on them. Personally, I appreciate it when my friends and peers check in with me to express their sympathy with the situation, but I know not everyone in the Iranian community is receiving needed social support. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the regime came close to losing control of a city, Oshnavieh, for the first time in its history.

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After facing the threat of execution again, she left Iran and now lives in Norway, where she continues to work as an activist, standing up for the rights of women. Iran has been roiled by unrest since the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody for allegedly wearing a hijab, or head scarf, improperly in violation of the religious leadership’s strict dress code. In September 2022, during what seemed a typical detention over an inadequate hijab, Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish woman visiting Tehran, was arrested and beaten. The country erupted in widespread protests not seen since the Green Revolution of 2009, demanding justice for Mahsa and freedom and civil rights for all women. CAIRO — Confusion over the status of Iran’s religious police grew as state media cast doubt on reports the force had been shut down. Despite the uncertainty, it has appeared for weeks that enforcement of the strict dress code has been scaled back as more women walk the streets without wearing the required headscarf. ICRW calls on the Iranian government to be held to account over its human rights abuses.

Farrokhroo Parsa was the first woman to be appointed Minister of Education in 1968 and Mahnaz Afkhami was appointed Minister for Women’s Affairs in 1976. In August 2019, the FFIRI lifted the ban on Iranian women’s entry to football stadiums for the first time in 40 years. On September 8, 2019, Sahar Khodayari self-immolated after being arrested for trying to enter a stadium. Following that incident, FIFA assured that Iranian women are able to attend stadiums starting from October 2019.