‘I Stand By You, My Sisters’: From Iran, Solidarity With American Women

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Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh warns America: “As somebody who lived via this lack of freedom and democracy, I can provide a warning: It won’t finish with this Supreme Courtroom determination on abortion.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh in Tehran, Iran. Being outdoors with out a hijab, Sotoudeh is risking arrest. (Courtesy of Nasrin Sotoudeh)

My warmest greetings from Iran. I want to categorical my deep and honest solidarity with the employees and readers of Ms. journal. 

This bond is rooted in my appreciation on your unreserved assist for me and my husband throughout the harsh days of my imprisonment. With strain that tightened like a noose round our household each day, your protection of human rights abuses out and in of Iran’s prisons, alongside together with your clear private concern, introduced us (and others) much-needed hope.

In these troublesome instances, when the ladies’s motion in the US is dealing with assault and the right to abortion has been radically restricted, I want to stand by you and declare my assist from our nook of the world.  

I significantly admire what Ms. journal has achieved and continues to do to advance the rights of girls in America and world wide. The imaginative and prescient and dedication proven by you and different advocates of girls’s rights come out of your particular person power and your understanding of historical past. For that reason, I’ve deep confidence in your potential to confront and overcome these challenges. Many individuals who see your actions and resolve are certain to hitch your motion. 

Abortion rights and contraceptive rights at the moment are acknowledged in dozens of nations world wide, because of the hard-fought struggles of numerous men and women. Now, they’re as soon as once more in danger. 

Particularly worrisome is the truth that this risk is rising in what has lengthy been probably the most highly effective heartland of the worldwide motion for ladies’s rights: the US. This can be very unhappy to see your nation transfer away from the rules of freedom and progress that (even when not totally realized) have lengthy been such an inspiration. We should always all be alarmed by what’s going to fill the void.

After the 1979 Iranian Revolution, new legal guidelines that drastically stripped ladies and women of their rights have been a part of an insidious bigger effort to restrict civil liberties for everybody. As somebody who lived via (and campaigned towards) this lack of freedom and democracy, I can provide a warning: It won’t finish with this Supreme Courtroom determination on abortion.

Ladies in Iran proceed to face legal guidelines that limit rights over our our bodies, and even over the power to suppose for ourselves. We’re denied the identical alternatives as males in relation to marriage, divorce, baby custody, inheritance and journey. This nation’s necessary hijab legislation forces us to cowl our heads at any time when we’re in public, however it is usually a manner conservative forces attempt to exert political management. That management ensnares males, not simply ladies. This will likely resemble what you expertise within the battle for reproductive rights in America.

This risk is rising in what has lengthy been probably the most highly effective heartland of the worldwide motion for ladies’s rights: the US.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh, pictured right here in Iran. (Courtesy of Nasrin Sotoudeh)

The motion for ladies’s rights in Iran has skilled many setbacks, but it surely perseveres as a result of my nation is full of people that care about equity and justice. We proceed to name for employment rights, the proper to divorce, the proper to abortion, the proper to put on garments freely, the proper to custodianship over our youngsters, and hundreds of different rights that at the moment are routinely violated.

I stand by you, my sisters, in order that via our solidarity as ladies, we overcome oppression and make the world safer and higher for generations to return.

Sign and share Ms.’s relaunched “We Have Had Abortions” petition—whether or not you your self have had an abortion, or just stand in solidarity with those that have—to let the Supreme Courtroom, Congress and the White Home know: We won’t quit the proper to secure, authorized, accessible abortion.

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