Woman, Life, Freedom, Justice for Mahsa Amini
Friday, Sept. 23, 12-3 p.m.
SAY HER NAME
We are going to gather today to honour Mahsa (Zhina) Amini’s death (Persian: مهسا امینی) during her arrest while in morality police custody. On September 13, 2022, a 22-years-old Iranian woman named Mahsa (Zhina) Amini (Persian: مهسا امینی) was forcefully arrested by the morality police due to what they call “insufficient” or “improper” hijab in Tehran, Iran. Her death was announced three days later, The evidence has shown that Zhina, or Mahsa was murdered by police brutality while she was in custody.
This incident hit the news and social media in Iran and sparked a series of protests across the country against the compulsory hijab. Hijab became compulsory in public for Iranian women after the Islamic Revolution, and the protests against it started at the same time. Since this incident, Iranians, particularly women, are rebelling against the regime’s lack of respect for this fundamental human right to choose their clothes and control over their own bodies. They are voicing for freedom to stop targeting, harassing, and detaining women who do not want to abide by the compulsory hijab dress codes. We should emphasize that the protesters are against the compulsory hijab and any kind of coercion over people’s personal choice over about their bodies– not chosen hijab. During the past week, a massive number of people with varied opinions have joined these protests and echoed their voices in objection to the regime’s violent actions and oppressions. The famous slogan “woman, life, freedom” reflects the spirit of this movement. Since the beginning of the protests, the Islamic Republic regime in Iran started shutting down the internet in different cities along with violent suppression. The internet has been restricted in IRAN. Now, we want to be the voice of people who are protesting, fighting for their rights, getting arrested, getting injured, and even killed on the streets. It is time for people around the world to stand up and reflect our voices.
Say her name
Presented by Iranian students