Iranian Feminist Leaders Jailed

From Feministing

Not even a month after Iranian feminist Delaram Ali was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for taking part in a women’s rights rally, Jelveh Javaheri was arrested on Saturday for creating the website We4Change, which promotes women’s rights in Iran. On the site, Maryam Hosseinkhah, also arrested last month, reports from prison.

All three women are leaders in the One Million Signatures Campaign, which is seeking to gather signatures calling for the change of discriminatory laws in Iran. And at least 30 more have been arrested just in Tehran this year. Javaheri and most other activists are being taken to Evin prison, where at least Ali has been sentenced to lashings. A group of mothers of the activists being held have also created a website, Mothers for Peace.

In the meantime, the capital is setting up women-run police stations to arrest other women who, for example, wear “tight, short coats and skimpy headscarves.” That’s right, “skimpy headscarves.” Sigh.

Take action now to help get these women released.

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