Iranian Feminists

Der Spiegal writes about the feminist movement under Ahmadijinad. It doesn’t sound pretty, but at the same time it sounds strong. Somehow women that just want the same rights as men are being arrested for being threats to national security.

Over the past 10 months the Iranian security forces have “become more and more aggressive even as women’s actions have become more peaceful and more tame,” one activist, Jila Baniyaghoub, told Associated Press. “By tightening the noose on us, they are warning us that they will not tolerate even the mildest criticism,” she said.

In recent months Peyghambarzadeh and her fellow activists have been organizing a series of demonstrations across the country to rally against patriarchal laws and structures in Iran, including polygamy, unfair inheritance laws, and a lack of custody rights in divorce settlements. They have likewise been going out to talk with Iranian women in the streets, universities, schools and factories. They have also been active on the Internet, setting up a number of Web sites dedicated to women’s issues.

I wish them all the best and I wish our left would step up and spend more time supporting people like this and less time just fighting anything and everything President Bush.