16 Days against Violence
This year, November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, has more significance for Iranian women. They continue their fight as leaders of a feminist uprising, chanting "Woman, life, freedom" against systematic discrimination, repression and violence.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, is our chance to speak up and stand together against different forms of violence experienced by women. During these 16 days we plan to speak about the different forms of violence faced by women in the MENA region.
WHRDs Arrests Continues
It has been over two months since the start of the "Women, Life, Freedom" uprising in Iran. Based on credible reports, over 170 WHRDs have been arrested so far, but these figures are conservative as not all arrests are reported due to fear of repercussions. Through five reports since the start of the protests, FEMENA documented 118 arrests of WHRDs, including female university students. The current report highlights cases of 30 more WHRDs, bringing the total of cases documented to 148. While a small portion of those arrested have been temporarily released on bail, their cases pending trial, the majority of WHRDs arrested continue to remain in prison in harsh conditions.
WHRDs Arrests Continues
The feminist uprising in Iran has now turned into a revolution, with women and schoolgirls at the forefront of the nationwide protests. Security forces continue to arrest protesters and rights defenders, including scores of WHRDs, student activists, civil society actors, and journalists on a daily basis. In this report, the fifth in a series, FEMENA has documented the arrests of WHRDs, bringing the number of those documented to 118. We call on international organizations and the UN to take note of these WHRDs and continue to press for their release.
UN Human Rights Council must hold a special session on Iran
FEMENA joins over 40 human rights organizations to call on the UN Human Rights Council to hold a special session and independently investigate the rights violations being committed in Iran.
Nearly a month has passed since the start of protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the ‘Morality” police for improper hijab. During this time WHRDs and Feminists have been broadly targeted for arrest. Read our fourth report in a series documenting the arrest of WHRDs in relation to the protests.
Sumoud Imter is a Palestinian feminist and woman human rights defender, who works as the project coordinator at “Stop the Wall” campaign, a grassroots organization based in the West Bank.
In this interview Sumoud discusses the recent escalation in violence in Palestine (August 2022), and how the ongoing conflict impacts the lives and activism of Palestinians.
On International Women’s Day, FEMENA honors the incredible work of courageous WHRDs who continue to push for change and equality under difficult circumstances despite backlash and persecution. We demand all governments and authorities to stop sexual harassment against WHRDs.
FEMENA supports Woman Human Rights Defenders, their organizations and feminist movements through analysis of trends and policy, documentation, fostering development of regional communities of practice and advocacy.
Since October 2021, FEMENA in collaboration with the Asfari Institute for Civil Society at the American University in Beirut, has organized a series of online events, designed to amplify the voices of Afghan women human rights defenders.
FEMENA is pleased to have signed this letter to Formula 1 along with 26 other human rights organizations concerned about the rights situations in Bahrain.