Today we celebrate women (past and present) who have taken an active role in the fight for freedom and equality for women. While the women’s movement has come a very long way over the past 120 years, there are still many countries in which women live under poverty and oppression.

Iran is one of the countries where women do not have even the most basic rights. While some activists choose to focus solely on the women’s rights issues in Iran, the reality is that women’s rights and freedoms can never be realized under the current Islamic dictatorship.

The broader fight must be a political fight against the entirety of the Islamic Regime, as only when the regime is overthrown can women have the rights and freedoms they are entitled to.

Today I honour all Iranian women, especially those who are inside Iran, fighting on the very front lines to bring down the Islamic Regime. While today we honour and celebrate women I also want to celebrate and honour men who stand side by side with female activists and share the struggle for freedom and democracy in Iran.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

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