The Uprising in Iran

June 16, 2009

If you’ve been following the news about what’s been happening in Iran since last Friday’s presidential election, then you know that it’s a tense and increasingly violent situation. Is this the beginning of a revolution? It’s hard to say right now, but what is clear is that thousands of Iranians feel that the election has been stolen and they are rallying to protest the results.

As we continue to read the news, follow the tweets, and scroll the live blogs, it’s important to remember the role that women are playing in these events. Women have been a part of this movement and have been in the streets demanding to be heard. They have also been victims of the violence. As women step up to take part in speaking out, let us remember the significant risks they face and acknowledge their bravery.

For more information about women’s rights in Iran, check out the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and Women’s Field (Meydaan).

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  1. I must admit I am not your typical blogger. I have been pulled into this arena by my two daughters. All of us , college educated, two of the three tech savy. Today I am Commiting myself to the use of this form of communication because I have witnessed its Incredible effectivness in connecting all of us globally.
    I have become amazed at it’s importance for the Iranian people who use the likes of “twitter” and other internet based tools as a life line to the outside world. It has become their voice. They use it to talk to each other when it is not safe to go out . They use it to address the world at large, so families separated by oceans can have news of their loved ones. They also use it to chronicle the historic events that are now taking place in Iran.
    We have no excuse to plead ignorence to their predicament. A young girl , speaking via telephone, on “CNN” was asked this morning, “Why do you continue to go back out onto the streets? It is my responsibility”, she answered. She went on to explain that , she goes out to help her brother and sister Iranians in the event they are beaten , as she was, or shot as the young girl, Neda,age 16 was. When asked who the people were that demonstrate today, she replied that more than half of the particpants that she saw were woman.
    If knowledge is power aren’t those of us who are informed now responsible to use our knowledge to at least show our support for these courageous women and men who are risking their lives to have the same inalienable rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that we struggle to maintain? How can we use the internet to globaly connect women across the globe to show support for these courageous people? Should we globally wear green arm bans as the Iranian soccer players did ? Green ribbons on trees, sign posts mailboxs? Do we contact our legistlators to discuss how we feel about our administation discussing nuclear proliferation with a man whose countrymen proclaim, not to be their legitimate president . Any ideas?

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