The first woman-led revolution, what we can do to help them
“Women-Life-Freedom”. the world is going to be in huge alter by this slogan. Iranian women are making history. Words do no justice and the reasons why Iranian women are heroes are endless. It’s a fight for freedom, young people, mostly 15 to 22 years old, who are fighting the Islamic regime of Iran. Accordingly, the regime is threating, prisoning, raping and killing them. The movement that started with Mahsa Amini’s death is now an international movement to down the brutal powerful regime in Iran. We must remember that after the victory, which will be sooner or later with no doubt. This women-led revolution is supported by men all the way and the winner are not just women, the winner is life for Iranians, men and women.
It’s not easy to face criticism on a global scale. But, in fact, whenever and wherever human beings suffering and humiliation, we must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders become irrelevant wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political side, that place must become the center of the universe.
Undoubtedly, when talking about ancient history and culture, you have heard the name of the Persian Empire and the Charter of Human Rights of Cyrus the Great, which was presented in 500 BC. Persian’s history and culture has been one of the pioneers of its time for many years, and it has been influenced sometimes by destructive changes in successive conflicts. Thus, along centuries, it has been a home of elite scientists, mathematicians and mystics such as Avicenna, Khwarizmi and Rumi, Hafez and other prominent figures.
Persia has unique geographical and climatic conditions, which have a lot of potential for energy supply, particularly clean energy, as well as unique circumstances for luring tourists and foreign investments. Unfortunately, throughout the years of the Islamic regime, these special conditions have been repeatedly neglected and mismanaged. The results of this incompetence have occasionally spread to various areas and natural resources. For instance, the loss of lakes, salting of the rivers, lots of animal extinction, and ruining the natures.
After much difficulty and sacrifice, Iranians in 1906 succeeded in bringing about a modern revolution in the Middle East, and for the first time they were able to approve the nation’s constitution through popular vote. Iran eventually succeeded in making numerous internal adjustments and advancements. They continued to build beneficial and fruitful foreign relationships at that time, which were crucial for the safety and development of Middle East. Yet following the Islamic revolution in 1979, things became different for many groups, including women, who had been subjected to harsh discrimination and oppression. Now the consent of their male guardian is required for several fundamental human rights, including traveling, divorce, and other vital freedoms. Governing Islamic law requires them to follow instructions regarding how to dress and act. In this revolution Iranian women are at the leading edge of this movement despite the discrimination they have experienced. Women are being raped and murdered in prisons while battling for their release while armed with nothing but their bare hands and confronting a ruthless police force.
Iran’s Islamic regime (Mullah’s regime) is an Islamic theocracy that includes some elements of a presidential system, with the ultimate authority vested in a “Supreme Leader” that must be Islam clergies that are called Mullah1. Since 1979, with being ruled by the Mullah’s regime, several times people fought for freedom, and the regime has killed all of them immediately, therefore, they never had hope to change their life. For instance, in 2019 the regime killed 1500 Protester in 4 days. But this time is different. Unlike previous protest, this protest is lasting five months, much longer than previous times. It means the regime didn’t succeed to silent the protester. The main difference is turning Current protest into a global issue. This time, there is much more hope for success because the international community is supporting the Protester. The global support not only put pressure on the Mullah’s regime by the worldwide sanctions and boycotts, but also give incredible hope to protesters. That is why the regime cut-off the internet in order to prevent the world to know about the situation. Therefore, we should be the voice of the people in Iran. We are well pleased that French Journal, Charlie Hebdo, supported Iranian protester by publishing a caricature to humiliate Mullah’s as is shown in the picture.
Some simple least and low-cost actions can be taken with incredible negative impact on the dictatorship in Iran which we are begging the international community to at least takes these actions:
- Resharing the information about the situation to be the voice of the Iranians since it is not possible for them inside Iran due to internet cut-off.
- Worldwide sanction so that all countries stop doing any commercial collaboration with the Islamic regime. No buying or selling anything
- Deporting all delegates and ambassadors from our countries
- shutting down the Islamic Republic of Iran’s embassies
- Blocking all properties that the regime and their dependents have outside Iran in the International Banks, etc.
- Starting collaborations with the Anti-regime collision?
Unfortunately, there was no serious action from the west. Even recently, the European Parliament was debating putting IRGC on the terrorist list; but they didn’t put. In 2020, the IRGC shot down a Ukrainian passenger flight, killing 176 innocent people. It’s terrorism, isn’t it? What else besides raping, executing, silencing, blinding, and threatening people has to happen for the international community to understand that the Islamic regime is a regime of terror. The Iranian regime engages in terrorist activities and supports terrorists in Middle Eastern countries and sending drones to kill Ukrainian people.
This is not a revolution against any religion. The people of Iran want a free and democratic Iran where Muslims, Christians, Jews and any other religious or non-religious people can coexist together in a free country. They want a country where a woman’s life worth as valued as that of a man’s.
Iranians are not just protesting compulsory hijab or the morality police. They’re protesting against gender apartheid, forced confessions, no due process, unfair trials, extrajudicial killings, no free expression, torture, funding of terrorism, and mainly their fighting theocracy.
The Islamic regime is afraid of anybody speaks out about the situation. Consequently, regime cut-off the internet and arrest celebrities, artist, athletes, singers, etc. because they can speak out about the Mullah’s regime. They don’t allow any audience in stadiums. The brave Persian singers, Toomaj Salehi, Shervin Hajipour, and many others have been arrested. Toomaj is a famous rapper who has been the voice of the people of freedom, justice, and truth, and Shervin recently won the Grammy award for “Best Song for Social Change”.
The regime is ensuring that street protests stop. Either by killing them without judicial justice, or by public executions, blinding them or any other technique of torture and detention. The regime wants people to be scared and stay silent. The picture shows three brave Iranian girls who have been blinded during the protests by security force. Despite knowing these brutal punishments for speaking out against the regime, 90 percent of Iranians are bravely against the regime publicly. This is how they are the bravest ever.