For decades I have been part of the struggle for women’s rights. I have organized events and conferences dedicated to reaching across to sisters of every ethnicity and race to build a global community of women. But, it was not until October 2002 that my ideals were given both challenge and opportunity to “walk her talk”. Out of that experience came a friendship and opened a world which had been long closed to me.
In that October I met an Iranian colleague and together built an unlikely friendship between a Jew and a Muslim. Two years later, I joined her on a trip to Iran where I was required to wear a hijab. There I met dozens of well-educated, talented, and beautiful women, all chafing under a brutal regime which severely limited their freedom of expression and diminished their contributions to their society.
Now the women of Iran have bravely taken to the streets protesting the killing of the young lady, Mahsa Amini by the Morality Police. Do you know why she was killed? Because her scarf was not covering all of her hair!!!
The biggest war for feminism is happening in Iran right now. Iranian women need our support, learn about them, be their voice, and share their stories.
Their fight is our fight. Hashtag Mahsa Amini.