Iranian Feminist Movement against War

The economic sanctions and the wars unleash a mass agony and women bear the brunt of the catastrophe that ensues.

We currently witness an unprecedented increase in the war rhetoric, fueled by both the leaders of Iran; as they insist on pursuit of the nuclear program at any price; and the governments which sanctioned Iran, as they persist in safeguarding their interests of global hegemony. Recently the so-called “peaceful military intervention” has been introduced to the classical war rhetoric, merely to facilitate the public approval that could justify the war. Beyond the rhetoric of intervention and the language of war, what is becoming an agonizing reality is that the region is striding towards militarization.

As a feminist and women’s rights activist, or someone who is concerned about gender equality issues, how do you feel about the increased militarization of the region and the possibility of war looming? What should be done to combat the increased regional militarization and to struggle against the militarized governments? What role should women and women’s rights activists play in this process? According to your own experience and knowledge of the wars in the past, how do you think war, militarization and conflict affect women’s lives?

We are part of Women United for The Future of  Middle East.

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The first responses of the women activists in Iran:

 

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  1. I think we can fight against possibility of war by using those weapons: poetry, art, and culture. As a poet, I believe the power of words!

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