Women Message on 8th of March 2022–on the
occasion of International Women Day!
The socio-economic situation of women in Iran is catastrophic, under the
capitalist Islamic Republic.
The Islamic Republic by institutionalizing anti-women Sharia-Islamic laws,
imposing capitalist genderdiscriminationagainst women including, such as,
abortion, forced Hijab, polygamy, child brides, women’s travel restriction,
second class citizens, second sex status, returning of women to corner of their
home(kitchen), depriving them of employment, and certain occupations like
judging, or Hijab’s law, economically dependent on men, sports restriction,
stopping women entering sports stadiums, restrictions on performing, singing and
music, restrictions on choosing certain university courses, inheritance, unable
to be custodians, witness (two women equal to one man), different kinds of
socio-cultural discriminations, increased violence and repression against them,
institutionalization of men’s control over women’s lives, and patriarchy has
created increasing inequality in women’s lives in Iran.
The consequences of such laws for Iranian women have been stoning, spraying
acid, and all kinds of injuries, honor killings, suicide and legal murder of
Working women have been at the forefront of unemployment due to the crisis of
capitalism and Covid-19. The unemployed women who don’t receive any government’
protection, are exposed to a variety of Social harms, like drug addiction and
prostitution. The working women are also paid less than their men co-workers
under the same conditions and the severity of exploitation is greater on them.
Women were among the first social groups who came to the streets and reacted to
the imposedreactionary religious laws of the capitalist Islamic regime in Iran.
After this, Women’s resistance and struggle in various forms against the
capitalist Islamic government over the four decades, has been a golden leaf in
the history of the women’s movement.
Women have protested and struggled against their unequal conditions and
situations on a daily basis; Women’ protests have been in the forefront of the
uprisings of 2017 and 2019, with the significant mass uprisings of the Ahwaz’
people, Baluchistan and Isfahan, in which they have demonstrated the strong
potential of their struggles.
The protests of militant women and freedom fighters against all kinds of
inequality at work, education, factory, in school and university, and on the
streets in the struggle against tyranny and exploitation, which are increasing
every day and their colorful and active presence in social movements of workers,
teachers, retirees and in defense of political and social freedom is admirable.
It is no coincidence, that a large proportion of political and civil prisoners
in Iran are women activists.
The policy of global capitalism over past few decades has attacked ruthlessly
the historical social achievements of mankind, and women have been at the
forefront of such attacks.
The reliance of the world capitalism on Islamic reaction in Middle – East, and
the existence of the Islamic government in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey,
have been the consequence of world capitalist policy towards securing the
interests of capital.
Women’s potential in the Middle – East has shownthat if it organizes, they can
form an actual social force that can paly a decisive role in the anti-capitalist
movement, and push back the ruling policies.
Women’s struggle, if organized, can become a powerful movement, that could play
a decisive role in the struggle of the working class against capitalism, for
achievement of the human goals of society, and in the first place the
emancipation of women.
Women committee of
Solidarity committees with Iranian workers movement – abroad!