Women protest about Islamic Law: counter protest by men. Date: 11/03/1979
Francesca Grossi's insight:
These women know they deserve rights, don't let the date of the video fool you, till this day women try and protest to equality but fail to win. Men do protest back and even high authority as well as there own government riots against them.
Women Rights Videos. Oct 16, 2013. This documentary is an eye opener. At the start, they talk about the sex trade in Iran. I was shocked that there even was one, thinking about how strict and conservative everyone is supposed to be really lead to to keep watching. Amazingly like anywhere else there was reasons why the women took part in prostitution. The jobs these women are allowed to get don't make much and the reasoning for this is so the men won't have to worry about there women doing anything displeasing. Little did they know, eventually the women would get tired of the rules and disobey them. Without money women couldn't go anywhere, the only way to get a ride on any of the transportation in Iran you need money. Men are men so when it comes down to it they don't mind taking something other than money. Women began to use there bodies in exchange for a ride. Despite the consequences of danger, these women didn't care. They've all reached some type of breaking point and did things they are not proud of. Children are also a big reason for why these women do what they do. The women in the videos have been divorced, they do a lot of the things that they do for there children. One women said she tried begging for money form people in town but when the didn't care she when to the last resort to sell her body. Also mentioned in the video they talk about how there are women who sell there children, yes there logic is wrong but there intentions are good.
Sussan Tahmasebi returned to her native Iran in 1999 for what she thought was a quick trip to reconnect with her roots, but she ended up staying for nearly 10 years, helping develop civil society to defend women’s rights.
Francesca Grossi's insight:
Sussan, Tahmesebi. "Fighting for Women's Rights in Iran." Human Rights Watch, October 2011. The website Human Rights Watch was created to allow people to be able to go public with legit origination they've created to help benefit people. Sussan created an origination specifically on women in her home country, Iran. She mainly was trying to accomplish gender equality. She didn't care to have more rights then men, just equal ones. Her movement was one of the most influential, according to the article. She accomplished that by designing different campaigns and getting a petition signed by hundreds and hundreds of people. Sussan had a lot of background knowledge, she spent years studying women's issues before she decoded to return and make a difference. By her stepping up she got many other women's rights groups to expand and attempt to work with her. This made her name known and helps a lot with her campaigns. Throughout her time, many women were sent to prison. Sussan says, "You're both creating change in the legal system and you're trying to create change at culture level. You know you have to pay the price" (Tahmesebi). Though a lot of people were mad about her response it was true, there will be consequences if you do wrong. Sussan expected this and probably didn't care considering Iran had creating consequences for anything and everything. She hasn't changed much, but she has created awareness. The author says, "but I am proud that despite these difficult times women activist continure to press for change and for culture awareness about women's rights" (Tahmesebi). She and other women have came along way and will continue to.
High authority figures support the harsh laws in Iran against women. They're the ones who women should be seeking for help but in Iran that isn't the case. They are more afraid of them because they publicly victimize them.
Amnesty, International. "Human Rights Abuses in Shahist Iran." Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources, 2006. The king of Iran was a hereditary king, meaning he only became the king or as they call it in Iran "Shah" because of his blood. His name was Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi and he was a strong believer in the SAVAK. SAVAK was first created in 1967 and enforced to help the CIA and some Israeli agency called the Mossad. The biggest violations of the people is that they montior everything and anything that they do. Not only did the SAVAK effect adults, it effected children. According to the article, "Students were a important part of the revolution against Shah, and it was a primarily they who took over and occupied the U.S embassy in Iran in November 1979" (International). The prisions created by the SAVAK are rough. The "inmates" are allowed no contact with anyone from the outside. They are put into small cells that are not well taken care of, they do not recieve a proper bed. Now these are people who haven't commited any real crimes, in America we give murders and rapists more than some straw to sleep on. Also, we do not allow our police to beat the inmates. In Iran, the SAVAK is allowed to beat theirs. They do not get any recreational time and only get little meals. Also, they are not allowed to receive a prayer time, which its hard when these people have been raised to pray daily. Even after the people are out of prison they are never taken off watch.
Though I can only assume this women is begging for money to support herself and her children it has been shown that most women from here do so. As shown in my last video clip once a women is divorced her es husband no longer has any responsible of her and their children. This makes is extremely difficult especially since women make less than half of what a man makes when working.
Jack Healy. "The Price of Young Love: In Afghanistan, Where Dating is Forbidden, Teens Who Buck the System Face the Severest of Consequences." New York Times Upfront, Oct 3, 2011. In this article the author speaks on how dating in the Afghan culture is nonexistent and how there are consequences for those who don't follow these beliefs. One summer a boy and a girl both of the age 17 were seen in a car together. being pulled out by a few men created a seen and people began to gather. The people in the crowd wanted the "couple" to be stoned to death. Some type of police tried to get the two out of the light and somewhere safe but the crowd got mad, they started a riot. Starting things on fire and trying to get higher authority figures involved. After a long riot the two ended up in a juvenile prison. These two came from two different ethnic groups which only made matters worse. The two spend there time in juvenile prison on opposite ends, they do not make any contact at all. A man who was killed during the riot has a family who blames the woman in the relationship for the death of their son. As a solution they want her to marry on of their other sons.
Seraji, Mahbod. Rooftops of Tehran. N.p.: New American Library, 2009. Print. Mahbod Seraji, Rooftops of Tehran. 2009. Print. Pasha starts out as a boy in a hospital, not knowing how he got there the book reflects back every couple chapters. Spending his last summer as a "kid" on a rooftop with his best friend Ahmad. Falling in love with Zari, a girl who he seen from below one day. Zari lived in a building above the alley, making in easy for Pasha to admire him while he was playing soccer with his friends. things become obvious when he refuses to play any position except for goalie.. that is because its the only way to get a perfect view of Zari. Ahmad and Pasha find a way to get closer to her, by helping out for a child get together and suddenly becoming very close. Zari has been planned to marry Doctor, a friend of Pasha, since she was born. He is a perfect man with a career and a well planned out life. he is only allowed to see Zari when her parents are present, because of this they don't see each other that often. One night this changes when the secret police, SAVAK, come in and shake the perfect summer the boys and girls were having. These secret police have made Zari change all that she has wanted. this hurts Pasha. I could only imagine what they've done to zari because Pasha says how his house was raided and that was bad. Pasha tells this to doctor and doctor responds with a odd story. he tells pasha how in prison they take your most valuable possession which in his case was time. they beat you and starve you, they want you to suffer and that's exactly what they do. they pretty much go as far as they can without killing you. These nights end because now they've put fear into you, they wouldn't gain power unless they tourtured you then sent you home, in fear that it may happen again to you or even to someone you love. Later, Pasha tries to tell Doctor in a not so blunt way that he is in love with Zari, but instead he finds out that Doctor has wrongly loved something he wasn't. Pasha, thinking its going to be a women, its not. he says, "I fell in love with ideas, dreams, visions"(Seraji 130). Not getting the response Pasha wanted, he does not tell Doctor his love for Zari.
Rod, Norland. "2 Star-Crossed Afghans Cling to Love, Even at Risk of Death. The New York Times, Mar 10, 2014. This article looks at marriage from a different view. It shows the power a family has over there daughter(s). The story is about a man and a woman, both legal and who have said their loved for each other. Taking place in Afghanistan, the rules of the opposite sex are very strict. The two have known each other since they were young and till this day are not allowed to be alone. Also, Zakia wears a full burka at all times. only showing her eyes. Wealth is looked at closely by the father of the woman, he wants her to had a man of not only high class but most importantly the same ethnicity. These two are neither of those things. Zakia's family was always low class, which makes it easy for her father to want her to do better than her mother did. Despite the consequences, Mohammad found a way to talk to Zakia. He had a young girl who works in the fields with Zakia give a phone to Zakia. They uysed this to communication. Mohammad told Zakia stories on the things he's heard that happens to couples who sneak around and that still didn't phase him. Zakia new her love was true and said "I'm ready to wait for you for even 50 years" (Norland). Zakia even went as far to go to Mohammad's house twice and begged to be accepted into the family, but Mohammad's family refused. This may have been because Afghanistan does have consequences for everyone involved in this "Crime". The second time Zakia went and was sent back Mohammads family made it public that they rufesed to take her in. This ended with Zakia beaten and had her phone discovered. Though most woman know that them having n rights is wrong, they follow along. They do this because its happened to them and has been this way for hundreds of years. Mohammad had threatened to kill himself to prove his love for Zakia. This didn't matter to any of the people. It was considered irrelevant. According to Zakia's father she was already legally engaged to someone her family picked out for her.
Iran lacks basic women's rights - This "gender apartheid" of Iranian women is reminiscent of the treatment of blacks in South Africa. Let's stop Iran's Gende...
Francesca Grossi's insight:
Women of Iranian culture have no rights compared to men. Women are beaten in public for doing normal daily activities.Its unfair and brutal that these women are being punished for non criminal offenses.
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