The International Women's Day (IWD) was decared on March 8 by the International Socialist in a conference of Copenhagen in 1910. The idea was proposed by Clara Zetkin, a Marxist woman of the then Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
Battle for equal rights of women to hold public offices, their right to vocational training, and an end to inequity in other conditions was the goal. Therefore as a historical achievement, Women's Day is since commemorated and is a national holiday in many countries. It symbolises an age-old struggle of women of all ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds against the long existing gender discriminations mainly expanded by the Abrahamic religions from which Islam blatantly emanates all misogynistic heritage.
Despite many achievements around the world, Women’s Days in the Islamic world remains a thorn in the eyes of Islamic establishment, especially the eyes of Mullahs who spread their black clutches over many women in Iran because of women’s denial of Islamic gender discriminations.
Gender equality does not match with the credo of Islam that considers women in all levels less worthy than men. 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, it has turned today to be against political Islam, in my view above any ideology tied to class related gender discriminations. Societies attempting classless societies with appropriate socio-economic structures had no equal chances for women in holding public offices under the Eastern Bloc.
International Women’s Day has originally assumed 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 of women’s rights. Despite many globally coordinated efforts, the international community, including the United Nations, practically ignores the fate of hundreds of millions of Muslim women who happen to be born in the Islamic world and can be the victims of the Islamic states.
While March 8th was historically a secular symbol against the dominance of Catholic Church in the West, it is now rather a worldwide struggle against the misogyny of Islamic regimes, traditions, and the influence of Islamic Mosques all over the world where Muslims happen to agglomerate.
Today, the horrendous shadow of a monster called political Islam has spread its wings over a great sphere of the world, where hundreds of millions of women have fallen into its clutches. The nest of this bird of prey is the occupied territory of Iran. The bird of prey is the Islamic regime composed of criminal cliques under various factions and colours with 34 years of crime against humanity. Their bloody clutches are today a new sword of Islam over Iran. The Islamic regime with a character of early occupiers of Islam and upon the Prophet’s patterns, kill, torture, rape “infidel” Iranian men and women and loot all Iranian national wealth as spoils of war ”Ghnaem” -- contrary to Sunnites who justify “Ghnaem” only during the war against infidels, Shiites gather it during the peace under the mantle of “Khoms”.
In many Islamic countries, women who are victims of rape are even killed by their Muslim families to preserve family honour. This misogynistic crime is called Honour Killing and is as a legacy of misogynistic traditions upheld in many Islamised countries. Honour Killings have been reported in Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Persian Gulf countries.
While a victim of rape is killed by Muslims, for other Muslims rape is as a means of humiliation, confession. In this perspective rape is allowed toward “enemies of God”. Rape has been used against captured women of “enemies of Islam” in the early Islam so that the captured women are enslaved, and shared among the Muslim warriors.
Verse 4:24 of the Koran allows Muslim conquerors to rape the “captured” women. In this light, women opposing the Islamic regime were raped before execution. "It is a sin to kill a virgin" because she goes to paradise”. Rape of political prisoners was so frequent that Mr. Karrubi, an unfortunate candidate of the rigged presidential election of 2009, in which Ahamadiniejad was re-elected, had to finally denounce it.
Since the advent of the Islamic regime in 1979, physical assaults, arbitrary arrests, acid-throwing, harassment and psychological pressure have become the part and parcel of woman's life in Iran. Mr. Moussavi, the hard-line PM under Khomeini and now one of the so-called reformists, by imposing Islamic hijab in his administrations, had clearly specified during his PM that for women no other sort of dress is acceptable except Islamic hijab. Hijab, as an Islamic code of female dress, was unofficially practised under Mr. Mousavi’s government before its bill being passed in the Islamic parliament and becoming obligatory.
The first public demonstration of Iranian women after the Iranian revolution was short-lived. On 7 March 1979, 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 thugs, 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!"
Before the advent of political Islam, over the decencies, conferences, demonstrations, and commemorations have been held globally to reflect on the progress made in woman's rights. All in all, the possible advent of political was not predicted. It is now time to call for what has not been predicted before and what now happen 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 reacts against 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, programmes, and updated goals for advancing the status of women in the islamised 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 affected by political Islam. Consequently, the UN needs to adopt new resolutions to defend the rights of women in the Islamic societies. Women in such Islamic societies need international support. In the light of many conclusive reports of misogyny in Islamic countries, the UN must react effectively without delay.
The UN, which fairly condemned the Apartheid regime in the past, is now expected to condemn the gender apartheid of Islamic regimes in support of full and equal right for women. It is time for the international community to challenge the misogynistic behaviour of Islam across the globe. Confrontation of the widespread violation of basic rights of women in the Islamic world has been long ignored by the UN.
Unconcerned by any backlash from the UN, the Islamic regime forms 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 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. Hijab is the central concern of political Islam as it symbolises the Islamic power as the Swastika did for Nazism. In this light, all factions of the Islamic regime stand for various forms of Islamic hijab.
In the 21st century, the international community should not accept that women's rights be crippled by Islamic laws “Shari'a”, a 14-century-old legal code. It is time to outlaw Shari'a internationally, because it reduces women to second-class citizens in a male-dominated society. It is time for the global community to condemn any archaic belief system that is based on gender apartheid by officially reducing women to a subhuman entity.
Thanks to the widespread misogyny of Islam, today female atavists like Egyptian Alia al-mahdy bares all to protest Sharia constitution in Egypt! Iranian female activists close to communists, socialists, democrats, feminists, freedom-loving artists who are affected by the misogyny of Islam follow her struggle. Their core struggles consists of the idea that Islamic hijab is correlated with misogyny and should not be tolerated for a disruptive minority of Islamists or Mullahs against an oppressive majority of women in the Islamised countries. These new waves of women’s struggle keep gaining more political sense than being lablled by a character of nudism.
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.
Let us as a part of the left, secularists, democrats, feminists and freedom-loving human being lined up behind the struggles of Iranian women against their most reactionary and misogynistic ruling class. Today after the outbreak of the 2009 rigged presidential election, the people of Iran have found a new occasion to 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 movement on toppling of this Islamic barbaric regime in spite of efforts at sabotage by all factions of the Islamic regime, including its former leaders who today call themselves “Green Movement”, led by some bearded men and veiled women who still attempt to safeguard the apartheid Islamic regime under a new colour.
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 and historically approved, gender discrimination creates frustrations, 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 for 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 separated from the gender equity regardless the form of state.