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Women’s Day faces Islam


The International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8 was celebrated with the Clara Zetkin’s idea at the International Socialist in a conference of Copenhagen in 1910. Clara Zetkin was a German female activist of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).


The claim of gender equality is indeed above any ideology because communist regimes attempting to create classless societies with appropriate socio-economic structures had no equal chances for women in holding public offices under the Eastern Bloc.


Achieving equal rights for women to hold public offices, the right to vocational training, and an end to inequity in many areas were the initial goals. Therefore as a justified wish, Women's Day is since commemorated and even has been a national holiday in some countries. It symbolizes an age-old struggle of women of all ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds against the long existing gender discriminations.


Despite many achievements around the world, gender discrimination has left roots in the societies dominated by Abrahamic religions from which Islam blatantly emanates the most misogynistic heritage. Gender equality does not match Islam because the teachings and credo of Islam consider women at all levels less worthy than men.


No wonder that with the rise of political Islam Women’s Day becomes an imminent élan in its clash with Islam. If this day is rooted in the struggles against the Dark Ages of European Church and in the demand for "liberty, equality, fraternity" during the French Revolution, today it has tangibly turned to be against misogynistic Islam.


International Women’s Day has gained a new global dimension for the establishment of women's rights in the developed and developing countries alike. Nevertheless, the growing international political Islam, strengthened by the Islamic regime of Iran, since its advent in 1979, is a serious barrier on the way of achieving women’s rights. Despite many globally coordinated efforts, the international community, including the United Nations, ignore the fate of hundreds of millions of Muslim women who happen to be born in the Islamic world and are the victims of their Islamic states.


Today, the horrendous shadow of a monster called political Islam has spread its wings over a large area of the world, where hundreds of millions of women have fallen into its clutches. The nest of this bird of prey is the Mullahs-occupied territory of Iran. The bird of prey is the Islamic regime composed of criminal cliques under various factions and colors, with 35 years of crime against humanity. Their clutches are new swords of Islam over the conquered people of Iran.


The Islamic regime, with all characters of early occupiers of Islamic herds of 7th century in Iran, kills, tortures, rapes “infidel” Iranian men and women, and loot all Iranian national wealth as the Muslim herds did at that time. Sexual torture is another tool to crush the political prisoners in Iran, men and women alike. Based on the Islamic justification, “infidel” female prisoners are raped by torturers, guards, and authorities mainly before execution. Such a rape was allowed with the females of a conquered “infidel” tribe at the time of the Prophet, as the women were considered as spoils of war.


Stoning or in French “Lapidation” is another code of Sharia practiced in Iran. The Penal code of the Islamic regime details how stoning punishments are to be carried out for adultery.


Inspired by one of the Prophet Muhammad’s marriages with the wife of his adopted son, in September 2013 Parliamentarians in Iran passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter when she reaches 13 years of age.


In many Islamic countries, their Muslim families to preserve family honor can kill women who are victims of rape. The victim of rape is killed because it means humiliation for the family. This crime is called Honour Killing and is a legacy of misogynistic traditions upheld in many Islamized countries. Honor Killings have been reported in Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, the Persian Gulf countries, and even Muslim communities of western countries.


Female genital mutilation is still vastly practiced. It is another old ritual that is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) a non-medical procedure. Despite some efforts by the UN, woman genital mutilation is practiced in many Islamic countries.


Since the advent of the Islamic regime in 1979, physical assaults, arbitrary arrests, acid throwing, harassment and psychological pressure have become part of woman's life in Iran. Besides these arbitrary acts committed by the Islamic regime’s thugs, the nationwide organized Morality Police warn, harass, arrest and punish the so-called  “bad-hijab”, or bad- veiled women.


Shortly after the foundation of the Islamic regime in Feb.1979, the first public demonstration of Iranian women on March 7, 1979 was short-lived. On the eve of the IWD, Khomeini decreed that all women employed by the government must wear "Chador" (an all-enveloping black veil), an extension of the four walls of home.


Thousands of women filled the streets in protest. For three days, they marched and rallied; on the third day, they staged a sit-in protest at the Palace of Justice, demanding a legal guarantee for their right to choose what to wear and where to work at home and in society at large. Khomeini's adepts, armed with knives, attacked the women; they cursed them, yelling "Wear your head or get your head rapped." Islamic thugs stood at windows along the parade-route and exposed their genitals, saying, "This is what you want, you whores!"


Mr. Moussavi, the PM under Khomeini, by imposing Islamic hijab in his administrations, had clearly specified, as the PM, that for women no other sort of dress, but Islamic hijab, is acceptable. Hijab, as an Islamic code of female dress, was imposed under Mr. Moussavi’s government before its bill was passed by the Islamic parliament and thus had become obligatory.


The Islamic regime formed its own women groups. These groups produced a newspaper, "The Muslim Women “run by veiled and bearded Muslims, the main task of the papers was to inculcate misogynistic norms and pseudo scientific arguments into the mind of women. Through the twisted sense of freedom and origin of women's rights, its real role is to justify the regime's misogynistic policy, especially for imposition of hijab on women.


Over the decencies, conferences, demonstrations, and commemorations have been held globally to reflect on the progress made with regard to women's rights. At the time, the advent of political Islam was not predicted, therefore it is time to call for what now happens under the misogynistic Islamic states. International Women's Day should now be made a rallying point against the Islamic misogyny, poised to damage the achievements gained in the history of women's rights. No international law including the Charter of the United Nations adequately deals with discriminations against women in the Islamic world, although the UN proposes gender equality as a fundamental human right. The UN is reluctant to create standards, programs, and updated goals for advancing the status of women in the Islamized societies. For example, the UN avoids condemning the enforcement of hijab on women in Iran.


As said, the UN Charter, signed in 1945, was the first agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. However, the Charter was prepared before the advent of the international political Islam. Today, hundreds of millions of women are victims of political Islam. Consequently, the UN needs to adopt new resolutions to defend the rights of women in the Islamic societies. Regarding many conclusive reports of discrimination and violation to the fundamental rights of women in Islamic countries, the UN must show concerns.


Hijab is the central concern of political Islam. It symbolizes the Islamic power as the Swastika did for Nazism. In this light, all factions of the Islamic regime and even its Islamic opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, (MKO), all stand for Islamic hijab as the only code of dress.  


But a steadily increasing number of Iranian women, Iranian female activists close to communists, socialists, democrats, feminists, and all freedom-loving people follow their struggle against the forced jijab in Iran. Their core struggle consists of the idea that Islamic hijab is correlated with misogyny and should not be imposed by a disruptive minority of Islamists against an increasing majority of freedom-loving women.


Let us as part of the left, secularists, democrats, feminists and freedom-loving human beings line up behind the struggles of Iranian women against their most reactionary and misogynistic regime of the world. Today the people of Iran continue challenging the whole Islamic regime. As once Rosa Luxemburg used Women’s Day as a focus for anti-war rallies in 1914 and 1915, let us encourage our women movements.


Promotion of gender equality is not only a responsibility of women, but of all humanity. Not only is it an important factor for participation of women in social and economic development, but also a necessity for a healthy development of the society as a whole. According to psychologists, gender discrimination creates frustration, perversity and aggressiveness with blind obedience, all of which are typical traits of oppressed societies. Daily examples of gender discrimination in Iran show that the regime by imposing lower status on women has reduced the woman's role to a means of procreation, what in actuality correlates with the repression of the whole society.


No equal right between man and woman has ever been respected under dictatorial regimes, from the right far to the religious and all the way to the recent communist dictators. As seen in the modern societies, the struggle for democracy, social justice, peace, secularism, and flourishing progress is not separate from gender equality.


On this International Women's Day, let us re-dedicate ourselves to the hundreds of millions of women who are conscious or unconscious victims of Islamic misogyny. Much should be accomplished to put into place legal foundations to urge the international community to remember that it is the responsibility of all of us to defend their democratic and secular right to live in dignity, freedom and gender equality.


While March 8th was historically a secular struggle against the patriarchal dominance of Catholic Church in the West, it is now rather a worldwide struggle against the misogyny of Islamic regimes that are propagating the most misogynistic measures. In this perspective, the classic struggle against Catholic Church must be now adapted to a persistent struggle against the influence of Islamic Mosque.



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G. Rahmanian

Mammad writes:

"This brain never stops producing rants against Muslims and Islam. Sir, look at Western society and Israel to see how women are treated there. The equal right amendment, whose target was equality for men and women, to the US constitution was soundly defeated in the US and never added to the constitution and this was in the 1980s, not 1800s! Women get 70-80% of what men get in the US for equal work. Women are used and abused for sex, mistreatment, etc. As for Israel, just read the Torah to see how it views women, and see how orthodox Jews view women, and such Jews are a powerful force within Israel society."

My response:

Unfortunately for Islam and Muslims, your logic in the statement above does not hold water. It only shows fallacious arguments and irrational, if not desperate, attempts in justifying what is inherently wrong with the Islamic teachings when it comes to human rights, in general, and women's rights, in particular.

With regards to human rights in the Western world, I go even a step further and state, the sheer existence of so many human rights institutions and movements in the Western democracies is not to be celebrated as great achievements. On the contrary, I see their existence as the failure of such societies in dealing with so many unresolved issues on both the individual and the social levels with regards to human rights. One would think that in the twenty-first century such gender or human rights issues would have been resolved already.

As things are worldwide, though, I believe every day of the year must be the Human Rights Day, Children's Day, Women's Day, Men's Day and all the good days there are.

That said, I would like to also add that by pointing out failures within the Western democratic systems, one cannot simply ignore the inhuman and reactionary nature of the Shari'a "laws" that predominate the legal systems within the Islamic world.



Thanks for the blog.
Women's right was initiated by Pahlavi dynasty. Mostly by Reza Shah the Great.
Before Pahlavi dynasty women in Iran were discriminated by their male counterpart. Iranian women learned about their rights only during Pahlavi dynasty.
On March 8, 1979 thousand and thousand women gathered in the front of Tehran University for their rights. They were all stabbed and beaten up by Omat e Hezbollahs
All those political parties who keep talking about democracy were standing aside and watching women getting beaten up by Khomaini's forces. At that time, our women realized how much was our shahanshah was precious and they didn't appreciate him.
Here is what Persian singer said about women's right by our shahanshah.

باشد زنان را آزادی از تو شاهنشاه ها



Women's Day protest against forced hejab in Iran:


Jahanshah Rashidian

Thank youyalona for the link; I enjoy watching such a progress among Iranian females.


farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

The only thing that concerns me is hypocrisy of ultra right in the Western world. I personally thing we have to fearsley fight the Islamic Sharieah and all the suppressive measures by so called Muslim scolors. However we must not side with racist ultra rights like Bush who armed Mojahedin, Taliban and Alqaedeh to teeth and secretly support states like Saudi Arabia and others repressive Islamic regimes.
Mr Rashidian would you confirm that you totally condemn their negative role in supporting Arab Shieks in Middle East and also condemn their racist and repressive attitude toward the ordinary members of Muslim communities who are also against radical Mulim groups?


Jahanshah Rashidian

Mr Farhang Gooya, although your statement is not relevant to my article, but let me tell you, in a fundamental sense of democracy and secularism, I have always condemned use and abuse of political Islam in any circumstances.
Also, I condemn Islamophobia as I believe most Muslims are themselves the first victims of a cult which was through brutalities, fear, and finally Stockholm Syndrome imposed on their ancestors.


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While March 8th was historically a secular struggle against the patriarchal dominance of Catholic Church in the West, it is now rather a worldwide struggle against the misogyny of Islamic regimes that are propagating the most misogynistic measures. In this perspective, the classic struggle against Catholic Church must be now adapted to a persistent struggle against the influence of Islamic Mosque.

I was just thinking those very thoughts today! Thank you!
I was telling myself that Islam was an Arab version of Roman Catholicism!
Both lots of clergy are PERVERTS!
Both are caught up on sexuality!
Masturbation seems to be a BIGEE with both Cults, while the clerics bugger little boys & rape little girls.
If I believed in demons, I would say both are demon possessed!

ALL Mohammedans need to spend hours watching RED TUBE - GOOGLE IT - ITS FREE!


Pakistani Muslims are not alone in their search for porn.

Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine, has found in a survey that mostly Muslim states seek access to sex-related websites and Pakistan tops the list. Google found that of the top 10 countries - searching for sex-related sites - six were Muslim, with Pakistan on the top. The other Muslim countries are Egypt at number 2, Iran at 4, Morocco at 5, Saudi Arabia at 7 and Turkey at 8. Non-Muslim states are Vietnam at 3, India at 6, Philippines at 9 and Poland at 10.

Pakistan most sex-starved
Khalid Hasan, Daily Times, May 17, 2006

Here are the Muslim countries and how they placed in the top five world ranking of various bestiality-related internet search terms:

Pig Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Egypt (No. 2) Saudi Arabia (No. 3)
Donkey Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Iran (No. 3) Saudi Arabia (No. 4)
Dog Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Saudi Arabia (No. 3)
Cat Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Iran (No. 2) Egypt (No. 3) Saudi Arabia (No. 4)
Horse Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Turkey (No. 3)
Cow Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Iran (No. 2) Saudi Arabia (No. 4)
Goat Sex: Pakistan (No. 1)
Animal Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Morocco (No. 2) Iran (No. 4) Egypt (No. 5)
Snake Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Malaysia (No. 3) Indonesia (No. 4) Egypt (No. 5)
Monkey Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Indonesia (No. 3) Malaysia (No. 4)
Bear Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Saudi Arabia (No. 2)
Elephant Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Egypt (No. 3) United Arab Emirates (No. 4) Malaysia (No. 5)
Fox Sex: Saudi Arabia (No. 1) Turkey (No. 4)


Jahanshah Rashidian

Thank you Larry Silverstein for adding the curtail evidence to how Islamic credo creates an abyss of morality in most Islamised societies!
Personally, I would like to add more to your list in my appropriate articles.


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Translation of the Holy Koran by Shakir

Sura 72 Aya 1 to 28

1 [ 72: 1 ] Say: It has been revealed to me that a party of the jinn listened, and they said: Surely we have heard a wonderful Quran,
2 [ 72: 2 ] Guiding to the right way, so we believe in it, and we will not set up any one with our Lord:
3 [ 72: 3 ] And that He-- exalted be the majesty of our Lord-- has not taken a consort, nor a son:
4 [ 72: 4 ] And that the foolish amongst us used to forge extravagant things against Allah:
5 [ 72: 5 ] And that we thought that men and jinn did not utter a lie against Allah:
6 [ 72: 6 ] And that persons from among men used to seek refuge with persons from among jinn, so they increased them in wrongdoing:
7 [ 72: 7 ] And that they thought as you think, that Allah would not raise anyone:
8 [ 72: 8 ] And that we sought to reach heaven, but we found it filled with strong guards and flaming stars.
9 [ 72: 9 ] And that we used to sit in some of the sitting-places thereof to steal a hearing, but he who would ( try to ) listen now would find a flame lying in wait for him:
10 [ 72: 10 ] And that we know not whether evil is meant for those who are on earth or whether their Lord means to bring them good:
11 [ 72: 11 ] And that some of us are good and others of us are below that: we are sects following different ways:
12 [ 72: 12 ] And that we know that we cannot escape Allah in the earth, nor can we escape Him by flight:
13 [ 72: 13 ] And that when we heard the guidance, we believed in it; so whoever believes in his Lord, he should neither fear loss nor being overtaken ( by disgrace ):
14 [ 72: 14 ] And that some of us are those who submit, and some of us are the deviators; so whoever submits, these aim at the right way:
15 [ 72: 15 ] And as to the deviators, they are fuel of hell:
16 [ 72: 16 ] And that if they should keep to the ( right ) way, We would certainly give them to drink of abundant water,
17 [ 72: 17 ] So that We might try them with respect to it; and whoever turns aside from the reminder of his Lord, He will make him enter into an afflicting chastisement:
18 [ 72: 18 ] And that the mosques are Allah's, therefore call not upon any one with Allah:
19 [ 72: 19 ] And that when the servant of Allah stood up calling upon Him, they wellnigh crowded him ( to death ).
20 [ 72: 20 ] Say: I only call upon my Lord, and I do not associate any one with Him.
21 [ 72: 21 ] Say: I do not control for you evil or good.
22 [ 72: 22 ] Say: Surely no one can protect me against Allah, nor can I find besides Him any place of refuge:
23 [ 72: 23 ] ( It is ) only a delivering ( of communications ) from Allah and His messages; and whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger surely he shall have the fire of hell to abide therein for a long time.
24 [ 72: 24 ] Until when they see what they are threatened with, then shall they know who is weaker in helpers and fewer in number.
25 [ 72: 25 ] Say: I do not know whether that with which you are threatened be nigh or whether my Lord will appoint for it a term:
26 [ 72: 26 ] The Knower of the unseen! so He does not reveal His secrets to any,
27 [ 72: 27 ] Except to him whom He chooses as a messenger; for surely He makes a guard to march before him and after him,
28 [ 72: 28 ] So that He may know that they have truly delivered the messages of their Lord, and He encompasses what is with them and He records the number of all things.


Mammad Mammad

This brain never stops producing rants against Muslims and Islam. Sir, look at Western society and Israel to see how women are treated there. The equal right amendment, whose target was equality for men and women, to the US constitution was soundly defeated in the US and never added to the constitution and this was in the 1980s, not 1800s! Women get 70-80% of what men get in the US for equal work. Women are used and abused for sex, mistreatment, etc. As for Israel, just read the Torah to see how it views women, and see how orthodox Jews view women, and such Jews are a powerful force within Israel society.

This man has been ranting against Muslims and Islam for years. Is there not anything else that he can write about?


P_J. An Iranian!

No he seems to be an obsessed fool with zero sense of objectivity!


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Zakaria Ar-Razi, one of the greatest minds of Islamic world, attacked religion in general and Islam in particular with a force unthinkable in this day. He wrote:

“The prophets—these Billy goats with long beards, cannot claim any intellectual or spiritual superiority. These Billy goats pretend to come with a message from God, all the while exhausting themselves in spouting their lies, and imposing on the masses blind obedience to the "words of the master." The miracles of the prophets are impostures, based on trickery, or the stories regarding them are lies. The falseness of what all the prophets say is evident in the fact that they contradict one another: one affirms what the other denies, and yet each claims to be the sole depository of the truth; thus the New Testament contradicts the Torah, the Koran the New Testament. As for the Koran, it is but an assorted mixture of "absurd and inconsistent fables," which has ridiculously been judged inimitable, when, in fact, its language, style, and its much vaunted "eloquence" are far from being faultless. Custom, tradition, and intellectual laziness lead men to follow their religious leaders blindly. Religions have been the sole cause of the bloody wars that have ravaged mankind. Religions have also been resolutely hostile to philosophical speculation and to scientific research. The so-called holy scriptures are worthless and have done more harm than good, whereas the "writings of the ancients like Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, and Hippocrates have rendered much greater service to humanity."


Can any intellectual speak so freely against Islam calling the prophets “Billy Goats” as Ar-Razi called them disdainfully in these days and live? Does the fatwa against Salman Rushdie ring a bell? It is clear that in those days of the golden age of Islam, Islamic countries enjoyed a freedom and a level of secularization that has since disappeared. And along with that, the glory of Islamic world also has ebbed. Islam can be used as an index of barbarity and backwardness.


I have no doubt that if Islam was eliminated completely, we’ll regain the past glory of those secular days and even surpass it. There is no reason to believe that the black-eyed race of Middle East is inferior to the blue-eyed Europeans. The number of Middle Eastern scientists, academics and scholars in the West is an indication that given the opportunity they are no less intelligent than any other race. The reason that they are backward, uncivilized and barbaric in their native countries is because Islam has taken away their dignity, humanity and intelligence. Islam has brainwashed them, and like a drug has damaged the minds of their people.


P_J. An Iranian!

And obviously everything is honkey dory and perfect in regard to woman's rights in Judaism???!!! And that comes from someone who do NOT believe any of them. But fair is fair, either you are a fool or a rabid religious zealot like those other Zionist goons! Whatever Islam is the byproduct of Judaism and give us all a break and stop that holier than though attitude! And let's see some of the shortcomings of Judaism!

Let's NOT forget that Judaism is considered to be one of the harshest patriarchal religions in the world!


Jahanshah Rashidian

Women's Day, like Worker’s Day, has roots in the USA, and then reached Europe. Nevertheless, because of a socialist background, such movements are unwished in the US. They irritate the unchained capitalist system of the USA.

In the Islamic world, these occasions if are not banned, then sometimes tolerated or grotesquely religiously coloured. The Islamic regime attempts to depoliticise the Women's Day and patch it up with the Fatima’s birthday.


Anglo Phile

I wished for once our (pseudo) left-leaning so called activists would free themselves from the dogma of their leftist icons, like Luxemburg, and stopped worshipping them. Mr Rashidian in your writings you exhibit the same "din-khooei" that Aramesh Doostdar has articulated in "Khishvandi Penhan".

But you should be happy to learn that you are not alone. When you equate the dictatorship of Hitler and Stalin to that the Pahlavi monarchs, there ends the rule of reason.

I am still suprised why you remain, like you predecessors, so detached from the socio-psychology and the culture of the very country that produced you. Why?


Jahanshah Rashidian

How could you come to this peculiar conclusion? Or it is a routine label to other thinkers?
For the matter offact, I mentioned in several passages that women’s path to equality and full emancipation can be hindered or slowed down by ideology or religion. It can be achieved above any of them.
In a comment, I alluded to the era of communism as an era of male politicians.


Anglo Phile

Mr Rashidian may I ask you to write in Persian (or French or German if you will) as with due respect your message is often lost in your English writings. A Google translation from your German and French writings makes more sense than the English version.



Jahanshah Rashidian

Mr. Anglo Phile, it seems sarcasm is your clever art to humiliate other people as I do not see any clear question or point in your sarcastic and funny comments. I don not know whether to laugh at you or pity you for your nonessential remarks. You may collect sarcastic words and stew out as much as you like, but it dose not irritate me. Furthermore, you are the one who must use another language; it might be helpful to awaken your right mind.


Anglo Phile

عرض نکردم انگلیسی‌ شما مفهوم نیست. خواهشمندم به زبان اول خود یعنی‌ فرانسه بنویسید تا جوابی دریافت کنید!


Jahanshah Rashidian

Mr. Angelo Phile, Why you do not write down once for ever your points, if you have any, instead of urging me to write in French or another language…!? Is that another evasive sarcasm to avoid any reasonable discussion?
Once more, if you have any clear question or feedback on my piece, please go ahead, your wish is my command. But if your aim is to tease by Stirring up nonsense verses, then please stop nagging and grow up my friend. After all, on the Women’s Day forget cynical witches. Here is a link which may calm you down:


Anglo Phile

Je suis désolé que je ne peux pas partager vos intérêts voyeurisme avec vous. Vous êtes la meilleure preuve que la satisfaction sexuelle est l'une des principales raisons de l'attraction vers la gauche. (ou devrais-je dire Caviar gauche). L'autre raison étant complexe d'infériorité. Les droits humains sont de simples gadgets.

Et s'il vous plaît ne vous attendez pas un argument motivé quand vous offrez aucun argument motivé - de simples slogans.

Jouez-vous toujours aux échecs? :)


P_J. An Iranian!

Why don't you stop showing off and tell us your beef...are you mad because he compared the vicious Pahlavi with Hitler or Stalin or you have other ulterior Shahollahi/Hezbollah motives!


Anglo Phile

عرض کردم فرانسه و انگلیسی‌ پیشکش لطفا به فارسی‌ بنویسید.


Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Jahanshah jan thanks for this blog.
Below are a few lines on the origins of March 8th.
Happy March 8th to all working women and their supporters. Cheers
"On March 8, 1857, garment workers in New York City marched and picketed, demanding improved working conditions, a ten hour day, and equal rights for women. Their ranks were broken up by the police. Fifty-one years later, March 8, 1908, their sisters in the needle trades in New York marched again, honoring the 1857 march, demanding the vote, and an end to sweatshops and child labor. The police were present on this occasion too.

In 1910 at the Second International, a world wide socialist party congress, German socialist Clara Zetkin proposed that March 8th be proclaimed International Women's Day, to commemorate the US demonstrations and honor working women the wor ld over. Zetkin, a renowned revolutionary theoretician who argued with Lenin on women's rights, was considered a grave threat to the European governments of her time; the Kaiser called her “the most dangerous sorceress in the empire."