The Day I Became a Feminist
Arseh Sevom--Feminism is essentially the idea that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities. "The notion of freedom for men is not reality in Iran as long as women are not equal" Safoura Elyasi writes. She spoke to several Iranian male activists about their relationship to feminism. One told her: "A lot of people think that women are not currently in the right situation to be treated equally, so we should not extend equality to them. Equality needs to be in the act. It’s related to power. This idea that women are not ready for equality so they should not have it is flawed. In addition to civil actions, we need underlying cultural changes." In part one of a two part article, we hear from three different men.
Nasrin Sotoudeh: Equality Will Prevail
Arseh Sevom -- In this exclusive interview with Arseh Sevom editor Mohammad Reza Sardari, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh discusses the very personal impact of her struggle for equality and justice. She tells of a young son who lost his childhood. “I grew up all of a sudden,” he tells her. In 2013, she was released from prison after serving three years of a six-year sentence for her activities defending the rights of her clients. In this interview, she reminds all of us that there is a price worth paying for the achievement of justice and equality.
#Iran: Abuse in Soccer Schools, Feminists Speak Out, Economy and Sanctions
Arseh Sevom--Women's day passes us by and we can look forward to another 364 days dominated by men. Award winning reporterNaeimeh Doustdar wrote for Arseh Sevom: "I know I should be a feminist and am a feminist, yet I wonder why others, men and women, are not. Discrimination is complex, and the struggle is complex. The ideals of feminism are not simply for the benefit of women..." [fa] This week's review paints a picture of a society struggling with difficult issues: rights, abuse, corruption, and poverty.
Four diverse civil society organizations --Arseh Sevom, The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, United4Iran, and Sanctioned Life -- have launched JUST ACCESS, an international campaign to ensure access to medication, humanitarian goods, and other non-sanctioned items by people living in Iran. The campaign focuses on the unintended effects of economic sanctions on people living in Iran. Our objective is for the European Union to create a payment channel allowing the purchase of non-sanctioned items, such as medication and humanitarian goods. Click here to read the campaign statement.