The Iranian Islamic regime has ignored International Women's Day for more than three decades. It does not recognize March 8, and has even banned women organizations from celebrating the day. But each year Iranian women both in the real and virtual world stil celebrate.
As international sanctions bite and tension over Iran's nuclear program rises, this year several activists have published videos on the women's rights website Change for Equality saying, “I am against the war.”
These activists say:
War is not just bombs and the destruction of our homes. Even before we embark on a war, it seems that the lives of women have already become more difficult. War has focused its gaze on women and moves closer, step by step. We do not want to become the silent victims of this monster. On March 8, 2012 while being denied the opportunity to celebrate the day or express our demands in the streets, we have taken this opportunity to say that we are opposed to war and each of these short films express our reasons for that opposition.
Reality behind the war photos
No red alert for children
War leaves scars on women
War is a real monster, but unfortunately so is dictatorship and prison. The Iranian blogger Jaarchi reminds [fa] us that 47 women are imprisoned in Iran for their social and political activities.