formerly known as
Womens Liberation Front


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formerly known as
Women's Liberation Front

Welcome to, formerly known as Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolution as well as especially for the Zan, Zendegi, Azadi uprising in Iran and the struggles of our sisters in other parts of the Middle East. This online magazine that started December 2019 will be published every week. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
radical feminist and womens' rights activist








                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020


When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali.

The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.

In memory of Jina 'Mahsa' Amini, the cornerstone of the 'Zan. Zendagi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali

And also
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jhina Mahsa Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the start of the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran  2022
and the latest news about the 'Women Live Freedom' Revolution per month in 2023:
 October 15 - 1 -- September 30 - 16 -- September 17 - 1 -- August 31 - 18  -- August 15 - 1 -- August 15 - 1--July 31 - 16 -- July 15 -1--June 30 - 15--June 15-1--May 31 -16-- May 15-1--April--March--Feb--Jan   
So here is where the protests continue and I'll continue to inform you about it. That's my pledge.
Gino d'Artali
Indept investigative journalist
Read also all about the uprising and revolution around the one-year anniversary of the death of Jina Amini in custody.

When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali.
Note by Gino d'Artali: The Zan, zendagi, azadi!> (Women, life, freedom)  will only then end when khamenei and his puppets i.e. the morality police, the basijis and the irgc give way or go away!!
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Updated October 7, 2023


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Updated September 19, 2023   



Updated October 8 - 5, 2023


 Updated October 10, 2023 

Armita Geravand in the CPU
We all grief for the victims of the heinous crimes committed by the 'hijab-guards'.
Read the day to day heartbreaking news of the past days:
- 3 - 2 October 2023;
- 4 October 2023;
- 5 October 2023;
- 7 - 6 October 2023
- 10 October 2023 (Int. day of the girl-child)
- 12 October 2023
Armita Geravands' Brain Death Emerge

September 27 - 25, 2023
<<No Chewing Gum or Curly Hair: New <Code of Conduct> at Iranian Universities...
and <<The new academic year in Iran sees strict clothing restrictions for female students...
and <<Iranian Influential Women: Masih Alinejad (1976-Present)...
and <<Iranian University Students Arrested, Expelled at Academic Year Start...

below links to September 20 - 7, 2023
September 21, 2023
<<International Community Should Call for an End to Gender Apartheid in Iran....
Updates September 15 - 12, 2023
<<Proposed hijab penalties in Iran: 'They can't prosecute millions of women'....
Iran's regime has crushed anti-veil protests, but it has ‘lost the battle’ for credibility....

September 7, 2023
<<Hijab law slammed as <gender apartheid> by UN experts...

Click here for an overview of the NO-hijabis protests August - April 2023

September 21 -- 20, 2023
<<International Community Should Call for an End to Gender Apartheid in Iran....
<<Suppressive Hijab and Chastity Bill is Approved by the Mullahs’ Parliament....


September 15 - 12, 2023
<<Proposed hijab penalties in Iran: 'They can't prosecute millions of women'....
<<Global Trade Union Condemns Escalating <Repression> in Iran....
Iran's regime has crushed anti-veil protests, but it has ‘lost the battle’ for credibility....

September 7 - 1, 2023
<<Iranian Engineer Who Protested Forced Hijab Sentenced to 74 Lashes...
and <<Iranian government uses paramilitary groups against protesters...
and <<'Women will not bow to the Taliban'...
and <<Lawyer Meets Iranian Singer Jailed for Supporting Women's Rights...
and <<Hijab law slammed as <gender apartheid> by UN experts...

A re-newed call to partipate at the upcoming commemoration of the killing of Jina Amini:

...requirement for women and girls-both teachers and students-to wear the black head-to-toe Chador?
We say NO: Give In or Give Way!

Iranwire - September 27, 2023 - by SHOHREH MEHRNAMI
<<No Chewing Gum or Curly Hair: New <Code of Conduct> at Iranian Universities
The release of new guidelines for the Iranian universities of medical sciences, which include rules on how students should dress, has sparked a flurry of reactions among local media outlets and social media users. The Ministry of Health has recently unveiled a <code of conduct> which students and assistants of medical sciences faculties and universities are required to adhere to in both the academic and medical environments. Among its provisions, the text mandates that universities secure written commitments from students confirming their compliance with the new regulations and keep a disciplinary record of <attire and conduct> to gauge adherence. <Academic staff members are tasked with assessing students and medical assistants based on their adherence to hijab standards and clothing,> according to an article in Etemad newspaper. <Furthermore, this policy introduces a separate evaluation called the 'Professional Attire and Behavior Report,' which specifically evaluates a student or medical assistant's hijab and conduct.> Social media users brought attention to restrictions such as the prohibition of chewing gum in medical facilities and curly hair for men, as well as a ban on the use of cologne and cosmetics. The policy also bars women from using nail extensions and eyelash enhancements for women.
Pursuing Social Uniformity
In an interview with IranWire, sociologist Mehrdad Darvishpour pointed out that one of the tactics employed by totalitarian systems to homogenize society and mold it to their preferences involves extensive intrusion into the private lives of individuals in order to control their personal choices and values. According to Darvishpour, the government has not been successful in reshaping society according to its vision, despite more than four decades of efforts to do so. <To compensate, it is now attempting to exert control over various aspects of life. This control extends beyond the mere issuance of guidelines in universities, including students' compliance, the expulsion and removal of professors and the arrest of students,> he said. <It also extends to police intervention and invasion into personal privacy, infringing on the smallest expressions of human dignity,> he added. In the view of this sociologist, the government seeks to introduce in universities a deeply religious atmosphere that is heavily influenced by the system's totalitarian values.
Resisting the <Women, Life, Freedom> Lifestyle
Darvishpour highlighted another factor for the government's pressure on universities, a factor rooted in the government's decades-long struggle to purge the university of the concept of freedom. <Today, it's evident that students not only continue to be staunch defenders of the university's freedom but also serve as vanguards in challenging the Islamic government's values,> he said. Darvishpour said that the government seeks to foster a new generation of young individuals who are unwaveringly obedient to the system by imposing control over matters such as the hijab. Last but not least, the government's actions can be seen as an attempt to control and suppress the lifestyle advocated by the <Free Life Woman> protest movement, he said.
Targeting Students and the Medical Community
Sahr Matlabi, a doctor and researcher, said that medical students and healthcare professionals are being targeted because of their active roles during last year's anti-government protests. <They responded to repressive measures with peaceful, civilian participation and they decried the use of ambulances in oppressive actions. They protested Mahsa [Amini's] death and the chemical attacks on girls' schools,> Matlabi said. Members of the medical and nursing communities also lent crucial assistance to those injured in the protests. Because of their role in the protests, a significant number of university professors have been detained or dismissed from their positions, Matlabi emphasized.
Fueling Emigration
According to Matlabi, the government primarily seeks to push dissenting groups to emigrate, which in the medical sector led to <a rise in diabetes cases, an uptick in cardiovascular diseases, and a surge in suicides, all of which collectively imperil public health.> Matlabi also noted that the government's actions, which involve favoring individuals with connections and lowering the quality of medical education, have contributed to a decline in the quality of health programs. The issuance of a code of conduct for medical students comes at a time when university officials' actions have already led to the humiliation and suppression of students. A female medical student described to IranWire how students, particularly women, are often met with derogatory comments when they enter university premises. Security guards make remarks on their attire, question the appropriateness of their clothing, makeup and headscarves. Female students are subjected to degrading questions such as <Do you want men to admire your curves?> The student explained that the constant barrage of judgments and humiliations erodes medical students' motivation and enthusiasm for learning. However, this is just part of the story. For instance, if students want to eat with their classmates outside the cafeteria, security personnel insist that they have no right to have lunch with members of the opposite sex. Security officers also interfere when students engage in recreational activities, like playing in the snow.
Students who resist pressures face the risk of expulsion, suspension or legal action.
Meanwhile, professors are informed that failing to adhere to the guidelines may impede their academic advancement and the extension of their contracts. Consequently, many highly qualified individuals either avoid becoming faculty members or quit their job, leading to irreparable losses for the students' academic development.>>

NCRI - Womens committee - September 26, 2023 - in Women's News
<<The new academic year in Iran sees strict clothing restrictions for female students
The new academic year has seen stepped-up pressure and restrictions on Iranian students, and more arrests and suspension of students.
Simultaneous with the new academic year and the opening of schools, the approval of the new Hijab and Chastity Bill into law for a three-year trial period has created a strict atmosphere in the universities. On Monday, September 25, social media posts showed images of camouflaged vehicles on parade inside Tehran University and playing anthems from the Iran-Iraq wartime.
PIC wartime vehicles
Some state-backed student councils have also posted banners indicating the new regulations for students how to dress for school. The councils have also sent text messages to students indicating the new regulations. Female agents check female students' clothing at the entrance. They warn students and allow female students only if they wear the Maghnaeh, a head covering that covers the shoulders and the chest. Female students are also required to wear knee-long fatigues. The Hijab patrols also roam around the central campus and give warnings to students. The new academic year in Iran sees strict clothing restrictions for female students
The new moral code of Tehran University
Similar reports have emerged from Amir Kabir, Al-Zahra, Allameh Tabatabaii, and Kharazmi universities in Tehran and Isfahan's University of Art.
The Medical School of Kerman has also posted a banner on the regulations for the clothing of its students. In the University of Shiraz, they have installed facial recognition technology in the university’s restaurants to impose more restrictions on students. The Shiraz University management has spent 700 million Tomans to install this technology and identify the students who breach the regulations.>>

Iranwire - September 25, 2023
<<Iranian Influential Women: Masih Alinejad (1976-Present)
These years, hardly a day goes by without the name of Masih Alinejad, a journalist and women's rights activist, appearing on social media or on domestic and foreign media. Masoumeh (Masih) Alinejad was born on September 11, 1976, in the village of Ghomi Kola in the northern province of Mazandaran. Her family was extremely religious and its female members wore the hijab, even in the confines of the home. For Masih as a child, hijab was not just a piece of cloth on her head; it was a symbol of all of Iran's social and religious restrictions and represented the extreme pressure exerted on girls and women in the country. She became politically active at an early age. In 1996, agents of the Intelligence Ministry arrested the pregnant Alinejad, her brother and her then husband for distributing leaflets and posting graffiti that criticized the Islamic Republic. The Revolutionary Court tried them without giving them access to a lawyer. Alinejad was soon released but her brother and husband spent two and a half years in prison. <The media wrote nothing about us,> she told IranWire. <I was thinking that a lot of people pay the price in villages and provincial towns and the media never talks about them. So, I decided to leave the provinces and go to Tehran. I did not want to belong to a small student group that the government could suppress without paying a price. And it did suppress us. But if I worked for newspapers I could criticize more loudly. When I joined reformist newspapers I could criticize those in power from close up. I went to Tehran and decided that I wanted to become a journalist.> In 2001, Alinejad began her journalism career with Hamshahri newspaper. She contributed to many other reformist newspapers, including Shargh and Bahar, most of which were later banned. Later, she became the parliamentary reporter for the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA).
Before leaving Iran, she also reported and wrote for papers close to reformists such as Shargh, Bahar, Ham Mihan and Etemad-e Melli. Her style was aggressive, which did not endear her to many Islamic Republic politicians. In 2005, she disclosed in an article that members of parliament were being paid huge sums in New Year bonuses and supported her claim by reproducing three of their pay stubs. This created an uproar, and many MPs criticized her for using abusive language. After this, she was banned from entering parliament. But Alinejad continued her investigative journalism. In the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election, while the government was denying that there had been any violence committed against demonstrators, she was able to document and publish the names of 57 people who were killed during the protests. After the election, the government launched an extensive crackdown on freedom of speech and arrested many journalists, bloggers and people who were active on social networks. Feeling imminent danger, Alinejad decided to leave Iran for the UK. Before leaving the country she wrote two books including A Crown of Thorns, which was about her own life and her expulsion from parliament as a reporter. Alinejad has since published three other books: I am Free, which deals with women's issues in Iran, was published in Germany because it was blacklisted by the Ministry of Culture and Guidance; A Green Date, a novel about the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election; and The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran, about her journey from her native village to becoming a journalist and starting an online anti-forced hijab movement in Iran. Leaving Iran started a new chapter in Masih Alinejad's journalistic activities. In her early years outside Iran, she had yet to completely remove her hijab. She was a critic of both left and right opponents of the Islamic Republic who aimed at overthrowing the regime and promoted boycotting elections. This, however, did not prevent the Islamic Republic and its affiliated media outlet from smearing and attacking her. Gradually, Alinejad turned into one of the harshest and most active opponents of the Islamic Republic.>>
Read more here about this brave journalist:

Iranwire - September 25, 2023
<<Iranian University Students Arrested, Expelled at Academic Year Start
At last seven Iranian university students were arrested during the first two days of the new academic year, while others were suspended or expelled, student activist sources say. Iran's Student Union said that the security forces apprehended Sahar Salehian, a nursing student at Sanandaj University of Medical Sciences, in the city of Saqqez on September 23. On the same day, the student union councils reported the arrest of Ali Gholami, a student activist and former political secretary of the Student Union at the University of Science and Technology. Other students were detained as universities resumed classes: Ali Razavi of Khawaja Nasiruddin Tousi University, Farhad Hosseini, a student in management at Zanjan's Azad University, Mohammad Mehdi Vosoghian of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, and Armita Pavir of Azerbaijan Civil University. Meanwhile, students who have been involved in or supportive of the <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement were summoned to university disciplinary committees and expelled or suspended.
Many of those targeted were women punished for <non-compliance with dress code regulations.>
Sara Madadi, a cinema student at Soura University, Mustafa Mousavi, a tourism management student at Yazd University, and Khashayar Sefidi, a music student at the University of Arts, are among those who were suspended. Shaghayegh Akbari, a PhD student in political sociology and secretary of the Student Scientific Association at Tarbiat Madras University, was excluded for 12 months.>>

Iranwire - September 25, 2023
<<Dental Conference in Iran Closed for Not Complying with Mandatory Hijab
Authorities in Iran shut down a dental scientific conference in the northeastern city of Mashhad last week because female participants were not wearing mandatory head coverings. In a video shared on social media, a conference organizer can be seen apologizing to the attendees and asking them to vacate the venue. Journalist Hedieh Kimiaee reported that police officers forcefully shut down the event and compelled all attendees to exit the hall where it was taking place. Around 600 dental specialists participated in the September 21 conference, including guests from South Korea.
In recent months, the government has launched an extensive campaign to enforce mandatory hijab regulations on Iranian women and girls. On September 23, the police commander in northern Gilan province announced that 1,094 businesses have been sealed across the province over the past five months for <non-compliance with Islamic laws.> >>

Center for Human Rights Iran
<<International Community Should Call for an End to Gender Apartheid in Iran
September 20, 2023 - On the anniversary week of the eruption of Iran's <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement, sparked by the killing in state custody of a young women just three days after she was arrested for alleged inappropriate hijab, the Iranian parliament passed a bill that intensifies punishments against Iranian women and girls accused of wearing inappropriate hijabs. This legislation exposes them to heightened levels of violence. <The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is trampling the rights and freedoms of all women and girls in Iran by criminalizing freedom of expression,> said Jasmin Ramsey, deputy director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). <This includes the countless brave women who continue to risk their lives in peaceful defiance against the state's forced-hijab law by appearing unveiled in public.> <One year after the killing in state custody of Mahsa Jina Amini soon after she was arrested for alleged improper hijab, not one Iranian official has been held accountable, not for her death nor the killings of hundreds of protesters who rose up this past year,> Ramsey said. <Instead, all women in Iran are being subjected to collective punishment.> CHRI has issued a stark warning that the <Chastity and Hijab Law> not only violates due process rights, denying women in Iran a fair trial before punishment, but also exacerbates discrimination and violence against women in the country.
Women in Iran Now Face More Violence, Discrimination
In June 2023, a woman in Tehran shared her experience of the law's consequences with CHRI: <A few days ago, a man on the metro pushed me hard because I wasn't wearing a hijab and I fell on the ground. Then he dragged me....If the police hadn't arrived, the man wouldn't have left me alone.> This new law not only places undue burdens on ordinary citizens but also fosters vigilante violence, encouraging them to participate in the state's enforcement of hijab regulations. Through a system of surveillance and reporting, it also leaves women even more susceptible to violence. Alarmingly, even before the law's official ratification, judicial authorities have shuttered restaurants for serving unveiled women, and women have been denied access to banks for appearing without a hijab. These unlawful actions have occurred before the law's ratification. Proposed in response to the growing number of women and girls appearing in public without compulsory hijabs over the past year, the bill passed with 152 votes in favor, 34 against, and seven abstentions. Jasmin Ramsey, deputy director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), criticized the Iranian parliament, stating, <The parliament of the Islamic Republic has again displayed to the world that like the old men who rule over Iran through force, they are neither interested in nor accountable for the rights and demands of the people of Iran. Their only aim is to maintain their power.>
Hijabless Women Deemed <Prostitutes>
The newly passed <Chastity and Hijab> bill, comprising over 70 articles, now awaits review and approval by the state's <Guardian Council,> which seems likely. This council, composed of six clerics and six jurists, is headed by the 97-year-old ultra-conservative cleric, Ahmad Jannati, and is charged with vetting all legislation to ensure it compliance with the Islamic Republic's interpretation of Islamic law. Presently, women in Iran can face fines, arrests, or imprisonment for not adhering to hijab regulations. Article 638 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code stipulates penalties, stating,<Women who appear in public places and roads without wearing an Islamic hijab shall be sentenced to ten days to two months' imprisonment or a fine of 50 thousand to five hundred rials.> The human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was imprisoned under this law in 2019. Moreover, women can be charged with prostitution or <promoting prostitution> if they resist wearing the veil or advocate for a woman's right to dress as she chooses, as outlined in Article 639. This offense carries a punishment of one to ten years' imprisonment. The proposed <Chastity and Hijab> bill goes even further by equating the act of appearing in public without a hijab, whether in person or on social media, with harm to society, deeming it equivalent to <nudity.> The bill introduces a range of additional punishments, including fines, restrictions on accessing bank accounts, confiscation of personal vehicles, travel limitations, bans on online activity, and imprisonment. Saeid Dehghan, an Iranian human rights lawyer, criticized the bill's legality, citing a violation of Article 9 of the Constitution. This article explicitly states that <no authority has the right to abrogate legitimate freedoms, not even by enacting laws and regulations for that purpose, under the pretext of preserving the independence and territorial integrity of the country.>
Dehghan further emphasized the bill's problematic nature by highlighting the lack of clear definitions for key terms such as <violations of social norms” and <hijab.> This absence of clarity not only opens avenues for manipulation and misuse of the law but also increases the risk of citizens' rights being infringed upon due to the ambiguity.
Global Action Required to Unite Against Gender Apartheid in Iran
UN human rights experts have strongly denounced the Islamic Republic's practice of <criminalizing the act of refusing to wear a hijab,> asserting that it constitutes a clear violation of women and girls' freedom of expression. They emphasize that this violation can lead to potential infringements on other fundamental rights, spanning political, civil, cultural, and economic domains. Simultaneously, women's rights activists launched a campaign in March 2023 aimed at securing formal recognition of gender apartheid as a crime under international law. The campaign's ultimate objective is to dismantle the structures perpetuating gender-based discrimination and inequality in the Islamic Republic of Iran and under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Despite facing immense adversity, Iranian women continue their peaceful defiance against the hijab law, even within the confines of prison. Prominent human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi, from inside Iran's Evin Prison, recently published a letter in the New York Times. In it, she wrote, <The regime seems to be purposefully propagating a culture of violence against women. We are fueled by a will to survive, whether we are inside prison or outside. The government's violent and brutal repression may sometimes keep people from the streets, but our struggle will continue until the day when light takes over darkness and the sun of freedom embraces the Iranian people.> During his address to the UN General Assembly in New York, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi faced condemnation from UN human rights experts for his government's violent repression of protests. They expressed ongoing concerns about the policies and practices in Iran, which, they argued, result in total impunity for grave crimes committed under international law in the year following Mahsa Jina Amini's killing. <The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran could have learned important lessons from the tragic death of Jina Mahsa Amini. But its response to the demonstrations that have led to the deaths of hundreds of protestors since September 2022 shows that authorities have chosen not to,> they stated. CHRI urges the international community to urgently call for the repeal of the state's forced-hijab law and to demand and end the systemic repression and gender-based discrimination against women in Iran that it represents. <The hijab should be a choice, not a tool of state repression. Iranian women's courageous stance against this government of old men deserves international support,> said Ramsey.>>

Wartime vehicles at Tehran university
NCRI - Womens committee - September 21, 2023 - in Women's News
<<Suppressive Hijab and Chastity Bill is Approved by the Mullahs’ Parliament
The clerical regime's parliament adopted the controversial and suppressive Hijab and Chastity Bill in an open session on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the speaker of the mullahs' parliament, said the bill had been ratified in coordination with the Iranian Judiciary. The Judicial Branch declared its agreement in writing to the parliament. One hundred and fifty-two (152) members of the parliament voted in favor, 34 against, and seven abstained. The new suppressive Hijab and Chastity Bill will be enforced for three years on a trial basis after being approved by the Guardian Council. A group of UN Human Rights Council-appointed experts slammed the suppressive Hijab and Chastity Bill in a statement on September 1, and said it could amount to <Gender Apartheid.> The experts urged the Iranian authorities to <reconsider the compulsory hijab legislation in compliance with international human rights law, and to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights for all women and girls in Iran.>
Suppressive Hijab and Chastity Bill is Approved by the Mullahs' Parliament
Moussa Ghazanfarabadi, a mullah and the chair of the parliament's Legal Commission, told the open session: <The bill submitted to the parliament by the government and through the Judiciary contained 15 articles. It did not consider cultural issues. Some 35 articles were included which deal with cultural issues and predict the obligations of the executive apparatus in culture building and confronting the enemy's psychological war.>
Ghazanfarabadi explained, <The bill has five chapters. The first chapter deals with generalities; the second chapter defines the general duties of executive organs. The third chapter defines the special obligations of executive agencies like the national radio and television and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The fourth chapter outlines the general duties and social responsibilities, and the fifth chapter outlines the crimes and offenses. All agencies are obliged to follow up the offenses and file cases with the Judiciary.> Fearing public reactions, the clerical regime's parliament refrained from debating the bill in its open session and invoked an article of the constitution that permits the formation of a committee to approve legislation for <experimental> implementation.>>
Womens' Liberation Front 2019/ 2023