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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 31 - 16 -- 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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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
-16 October 2023
Young woman assaulted in Tabriz
- 19 October 2023 About Roya Zakeri's unfateful ordeal


October 2023
<<Brutal Killing Of Iranian Filmmaker Reminds of Past Political Murders
<<The Iranian Government's Failure to <Islamize> Universities...

<<Business Owners in Iran Face Economic Reprisals for Supporting Protests...

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...

By clicking on any of these links you'll also go to other parts of September 2023

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





...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 - October 18, 2023
<<Brutal Killing Of Iranian Filmmaker Reminds of Past Political Murders
The recent slaying of renowned film director Dariush Mehrjui and his wife has caused shock and outrage among Iranians, with many of them drawing parallels with political assassinations that have rocked the country over the past decades. The 83-year-old Mehrjui and Vahideh Mohammadifar were stabbed to death over the weekend in their home in Karaj, near Tehran. Anti-establishment slogans such as <Women, Life, Freedom> and <Neither Gaza nor Lebanon. My life for Iran> were chanted at their funeral on October 18. Mehrjui is known as cofounder of Iran's film new wave in the 1970s that mainly focused on realism. Zahara Rahnavard, who has been under house arrest since 2010 alongside her husband, prominent opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi, said in a letter that the stabbing of Mehrjui and Mohammadifar <serves as a grim reminder of the brutal murder of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar.> The 70-year-old Dariush Forouhar and his wife, both outspoken critics of Iran's religious leadership, were stabbed to death in their home in southern Tehran in November 1998. The couple ran a small secular opposition party. <It also evokes memories of the tragic suicides and mysterious deaths that have befallen artists and other activists,> Rahnavard also said. Jailed human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh commented on the killing of Mehrjui and Mohammadifar in a Facebook post, questioning the nature of the crime. <Regardless of whether this is a politically motivated murder, it underscores our determination to pursue a referendum to establish a functioning government. Even in the most optimistic scenario, it is clear that the current government cannot ensure public security,> she wrote. Speaking to the BBC's Persian service, firm director Mani Haghighi noted that <just 25 years have passed since the 1988 series of political murders, and the Iranian people earnestly hope that such heinous crimes will never occur again.> <The minimum expectation is a swift identification of the perpetrators of this crime,> Haghighi said.
On October 15, the BBC's Persian service aired excerpts of a documentary about Mehrjui, in which he says he is tired of <four decades of deceit,> referring to the 44 years of Islamic rule in Iran. In another scene, the film maker removes his wife's headscarf and whispers: <The headscarf is done, finished, come with me...oh, you have such beautiful beauty.> >>
Read more here:

Iranwire - October 18, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Singer Yarrahi Released on Bail
Mehdi Yarrahi, an Iranian singer who had been arrested for a song criticizing compulsory hijab rules, was released on bail after spending a month and a half in custody, one of his legal representatives says. Lawyer Zahra Minuei said on the social media platform X that Yarrahi was released from Tehran's Evin prison on October 18. She shared a photograph of the smiling singer holding a bouquet of flowers. Yarrahi faces a litany of charges, including <encouraging corruption and prostitution, creating and disseminating content that contravenes moral and public decency, inciting individuals to commit crimes and propaganda against the system,> Minuei said. The lawyer said she expected the verdict to be pronounced in the coming days.
Yarrahi was arrested on August 28 following the release of the song Roosarito, or Your Headscarf in English, which was accompanied by a video showing women in various social settings without their mandatory headscarves, some dancing to the music. Yarrahi dedicated the song to the <brave women of Iran who shine courageously at the forefront of the 'Women Life Freedom' movement,'> a reference to the monthslong nationwide protests sparked by the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini while she was in police custody for an alleged hijab violation. As a protest against Yarrahi's arrest, Iranian social media users posted and shared videos of their own dance performances and renditions of his songs. A growing number of women have refused to wear a head covering since the Woman, Life, Freedom protest movement erupted in September last year. Many of them have been arrested and prosecuted, while dozens of businesses have been closed for failing to enforce compulsory hijab rules for women visitors. >>

Iranwire - October 16, 2023 - by MARYAM DEHKORDI
<<The Iranian Government's Failure to <Islamize> Universities
A year has passed since the days when the voices of the people of Iran resounded once again, echoed by students from universities across the country. The <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement served as the backdrop for renewed student protests against the Islamic Republic. The students' anger triggered by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini in September 2022 was so profound that, following the suppression of the nationwide protests, the government decided to quell dissent within academic institutions. Ahmad Alamolhoda, the representative of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Khorasan Razavi province and the Friday Prayer leader of Mashhad, stressed on October 12 the <necessity of Islamizing universities.>
He openly acknowledged the government's failure to fully and successfully <Islamize universities> over the past four decades. These remarks came amid intensified pressure on student activists, professors and university institutions. IranWire spoke with one of the editors of the Amirkabir Newsletter Telegram channel about the actions taken over the past year to promote the Islamization of universities.
During a gathering of university presidents on October 12, officials from the offices of the representative body of the leader of the Islamic Republic and the commanders of the professors' Basij in Razavi Khorasan province, the Friday Prayer leader of Mashhad emphasized that <Islamizing universities is not a mere academic theory or a passing trend; it is deeply rooted in the revolutionary principles of Islam.> Ahmad Alamolhoda also stated that the successful <Islamization of universities> hinges on the <belief of professors and cultural leaders in the foundational principles> associated with the Islamization of universities. This belief, he noted, should extend to influential figures within the university environment who must embrace this objective.
Escalation of Gender Discrimination
As part of the students' civil resistance against the Islamic Republic's government during the <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement, they challenged <gender segregation> in university dining halls. During last year's protests, male and female students resisted gender segregation, a practice employed as a means to suppress students since the establishment of the Islamic Republic and the Cultural Revolution, and chose to eat their meals together. Many of those who protested against the Islamic laws governing higher education have been arrested and banned from studying, while gender segregation intensified at the start of the new academic year. <In March, Shiraz University introduced gender segregation in its cafeteria. Simultaneously, the President of Shahid Beheshti University, in a forceful response to students protesting gender segregation, removed tables and chairs from the central library and summoned some students to the disciplinary committee,> the editor said. According to this student activist, gender segregation was enforced in the central library of Shahid Beheshti University a month after the practice was enforced at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad's faculty of theology. Around the same time, a wall was constructed in the area behind the central cafeteria at Zanjan University to separate male and female students. And in June, the Secretary of the Mechatronics Scientific Association at Azerbaijan Civil University was dismissed for opposing gender segregation during a scientific visit to the association. Simultaneously, the Cultural Vice-Chancellor of Tehran University's Faculty of Law and Political Sciences divided the study hall at the faculty and made the library of the World Studies Center exclusively available to male students. Alamolhoda, who served as the head of the Islamic Revolution Committee between 1981 and 1983, attributed the government's failure to implement the Islamization of university to <the excessive burdens placed on university administrators.> He said that these administrators, despite being revolutionaries, are overwhelmed by management tasks, making it difficult for them to carry out the Islamization of universities. However, the editor of the Amirkabir Newsletter channel claimed that university administrators have been making significant efforts to enforce gender segregation and other Islamization projects in universities. He cited the request for gender segregation in classes and labs at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad's Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, at the library of Sharif University's Faculty of Energy, at the main entrance of Tarbiat Modares University, as well as the fencing of student dormitories and gyms.
Hijab Guidelines
The editor of the Amirkabir Newsletter channel said that Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) is <one of the universities that has rigorously pursued the Islamization plan.> <Just a few days before the universities reopened, we published a report on the installation of banners with new hijab instructions for students at the university's entrance. These instructions forbid girls from using perfume and boys from wearing belts.>
Furthermore, some female students have been denied accommodation in the dormitories due to non-compliance with mandatory hijab when leaving the premises. During the first two weeks of the academic year, many students were summoned by phone to discuss hijab-related issues.
The numerous security cameras installed across the university facilitated the identification of students.
Since the beginning of the academic year, banners with hijab guidelines have been displayed in front of various universities, including Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran University, Sharif University of Technology, Tarbiat Modares University and Shahid Beheshti University. These guidelines strictly prohibit items such as short pants, tight pants, piercings, necklaces and earrings for both girls and boys. Other rules are related to the <length of coat sleeves.>
Girls' Dormitories
According to the student activist interviewed by IranWire, <the initiative to Islamize higher education is not restricted to university settings; it has also extended to girls' dormitories.> The activist mentioned the installation of a camera in the entrance area of girls' dormitories to monitor their attire: <Several female students have been called to the security office and reprimanded for their clothing when entering and exiting the dormitory. The reprimand was severe, focusing on the 'inadequate hijab' inside the dormitory. Dormitory doors have been locked, preventing girls from entering if they don't comply with the dress code, and students have been threatened that their families would be informed in case of non-compliance with Islamic clothing.> According to the editor of the Amirkabir Newsletter channel, security personnel have continued to use CCTVs to identify students who do not conform to <Islamic dress.> <In certain instances, Basij students have been enlisted to capture images of students who do not adhere to Islamic dress with their mobile phones and provide these images to the security team. After appearing before the disciplinary committee, some students discovered that there were pictures of them in their files, taken and kept without their consent or knowledge.>
Purging Universities of Critics
The Etimad newspaper reported that 32,000 teaching professors at Azad University have been dismissed and replaced with <20,000 first or second-
semester doctoral students.> Simultaneously, Ahmad Alamolhoda implicitly suggested implementing a similar plan in public universities and argued that imposing <strict limitations> on the academic and educational qualifications of professors poses a problem for the <Islamization of universities.> Reports suggest that what the government labels <non-hijab, inappropriate clothing and un-Islamic attire> is, in fact, a form of civil disobedience in universities and the wider society. Students employ this method to express their disapproval of the government's policies. During the <Woman, Life, Freedom> protests, several university directors were dismissed, and many university professors faced <suspension> and <expulsion> orders.
The <Islamization of universities> began in the early years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution through a plan known as the <Cultural Revolution,> which involved closing universities and expelling thousands of students and professors for ideological reasons or opposition to the Islamic Republic.
It gained momentum in the mid-1980s with the backing of the supreme leader and Mohammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi, a key ideologue of the Islamic Republic. Extensive measures were also implemented during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. However, thousands of students joined demonstrations in recent years, and universities across Iran became focal points for demonstrations against the Islamic Republic. Consequently, many students have been suspended or expelled.>>

Iran: Protests Businesses Hijab Women
Center for Human Rights in Iran
<<Business Owners in Iran Face Economic Reprisals for Supporting Protests
October 11, 2023 - Business owners in Iran are facing severe consequences, including loss of livelihoods and restricted access to vital services such as banking, due to their support for the <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement. Testimony shared with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) reveal the hardships these entrepreneurs, including women businessowners, endure. <Since many businesses and shops closed in solidarity with anti-state protesters in the past year, the Iranian government is concerned that the business sector could provide momentum to the protests,> said CHRI Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. <Therefore, they are taking measures to suppress any potential organized protests within the business community.> <By penalizing business owners who permit customers to exercise their right to freedom of expression, the Iranian government exposes the extent of its fear of Iran's women-led movement for change,> added Ghaemi. CHRI notes that forcing businesses to cease their operations without a trial represents a breach of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), a treaty to which Iran is a signatory. In particular, this punitive measure violates Article 6 of the ICESCR, which explicitly prohibits governments from obstructing individuals' access to gainful employment and obliges them to ensure that individuals can exercise their right to work and earn a livelihood in an equitable and just manner.
Woman Business Owner Blocked from Working by Trade Association
<Pari,> whose name has been changed to protect her identity, described in an interview with CHRI the consequences she faced after closing her shop in solidarity with the strikes that were called in support of the protests during the fall of 2022. For security reasons, CHRI has not disclosed Pari's exact location or industry to protect her from retaliatory persecution by the Iranian government. We have also withheld certain details from her testimony that could potentially identify her. During her interview with CHRI, Pari recounted an experience in which she faced threats from the bazaari, a group of traditional Iranian merchants that influences the pricing of goods within her industry. They wielded the specter of a lawsuit that could potentially endanger her entire business. However, it soon became apparent to her that this lawsuit was a mere fabrication, strategically brandished as a means of intimidation. The ultimate goal was to pressure her into renouncing her support for the protests that engulfed Iran in September 2022, initially sparked by the tragic killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Jina Amini while in state custody, a mere few days after her arrest for an alleged hijab-related violation.
Pari said:
<On the day I was summoned to the bazaari's office, I was told, 'There's a private suit against you.' They informed me that some were claiming I had sold inferior goods or had not paid for the goods I received. However, no one else was present at the meeting. Typically, in such cases, both the plaintiff and the defendant are present. When I inquired, they said the plaintiffs were going to show up. I asked if I could know their names to identify whom I was dealing with, and they responded by saying there were many. This struck me as odd since I knew most of my customers. I realized that the case was baseless.> Pari shared with CHRI that the bazaari's objective was to <isolate business owners associated with the movement.> She has since discovered that its leadership has been constructing cases against her, issuing threats, and intimidating her, as well as some of her colleagues. <Months have passed since that meeting, and I'm still entangled in this situation. I am neither allowed to work nor given access to the names of the plaintiffs,> Pari informed CHRI. <They have frozen my bank accounts, and potential investors are hesitant to collaborate with me. At present, I am in a state of limbo, blacklisted, awaiting to see what fate they have in store for me.>
New Law Imposes Additional Penalties on Unveiled Women, Businesses Who Serve Them
Shortly after the onset of the protests that gripped Iran in September 2022, extending over several months and eventually recognized as the <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement, reports emerged of businesses, including shops, being forcibly closed. These closures were attributed to alleged violations of Iran's compulsory hijab laws. Women in Iran have long faced punitive measures, including detention, for noncompliance with the country's hijab laws. However, in June 2023, the Iranian Parliament proposed a new law that not only imposed additional penalties on unveiled women-including monetary fines, restrictions on accessing bank accounts, confiscation of personal vehicles, travel limitations, bans on online activity, and imprisonment-but also extended punitive measures to individuals, businesses, and institutions accused of permitting unveiled women on their premises. During the anniversary week of Iran's <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement, the Iranian government announced that the bill had received approval from the parliament and had been forwarded to the Guardian Council, an unelected body of Islamic clerics tasked with reviewing bills, with its expected endorsement. CHRI has warned that this legislation not only exposes women and girls to heightened levels of violence but also deprives them of access to essential services and empowers authorities to impose penalties without due process or a fair trial. UN human rights experts have characterized the bill as a form of gender apartheid, suggesting that authorities seem to be governing through systemic discrimination to suppress women and girls into complete submission. They emphasized that the proposed parliamentary <Bill to Support the Family by Promoting the Culture of Chastity and Hijab,> along with existing de facto restrictions, such as the denial of economic rights, constitute inherent discrimination and may amount to gender persecution. <Denying women their livelihoods and essential services due to their political beliefs is not just political persecution; it constitutes gender apartheid,> said Ghaemi. <These serious human rights violations should be investigated by the UN's independent Fact-Finding Mission on Iran to hold Iranian authorities accountable.> CHRI emphasizes that Iranian women entrepreneurs already contend with a discriminatory and unequal environment created by the country's laws that relegate them to second-class citizens. Now, in addition to gender-based disadvantages, they are being specifically targeted and severely punished for advocating fundamental rights.
Other Business Owners Targeted, Some Bend to Pressure
Pari recalled the turbulent days of September and October 2022, when protests were raging in cities across the country under the slogans of <Woman, Life, Freedom> and <Death to the Dictator!> She also described days when with the help of some of her friends, she tried to help the families of detainees and injured protesters. Pari told CHRI that unlike some of her colleagues, she had refused to submit to the threats in return for economic benefits provided by her business association. <I have built my own business and brand. Another woman colleague of mine, who had a similar experience with the bazaari, told me: 'Whatever they say, don't respond and just go with it.' When the bazaari contacted me, one of the heads said, 'Do you realize what you're doing, ma'am? How many complaints are there against you? You've tarnished our industry's reputation.>
However, some of her colleagues bent to the pressure by their professional association. <A while ago, I saw one of my colleagues. During the protests, he was also on the streets, but after the protests were widely suppressed in September, he stopped going. He's a married man with two children. His business license was revoked, he was arrested, and a prison sentence was issued against him,> she said.
She continued,
<However, a few days ago, I saw he had opened a shop in an expensive location. There were many cameras installed at his business. He admitted he had been coerced into submission. They told him that if he cooperated with the bazaari and the security agencies, he could have a prosperous life again. <He also informed me that speaking to me in public could get him in big trouble,> added Pari.
Numerous Businesses Shuttered for Alleged Admission of Unveiled Women
Various businesses have been forced to shut down since the eruption of protests in Iran in September 2023.
For instance, based on CHRI's research, in September 2023 alone, local authorities shuttered at least two bookstores and a cosmetics manufacturer in Tehran, two shops in Islamshahr, 10 women's hair salons in Bandar Abbas, five shops in Semnan, a traditional hotel in Tabriz, one shop in Yazd, a cafe in Abadan, a reception hall in Mehriz, a cafe in Shirvan, a cafe in Arak, and a cafe in Saveh. The reason for these closures was the accusation that their owners allowed unveiled women to enter their premises. It is not clear whether these shops have all been permanently or temporarily closed. In June 2023, CHRI documented cases of women facing violent assaults due to their failure to cover their hair. Additionally, university students were subjected to fabricated low grades and barred from attending classes simply because they did not wear hijabs. Prior to this, on April 22, 2023, the Tehran-based Shargh newspaper had reported the sealing of nearly 2,000 shops and businesses on account of reports of unveiled women being present on their premises. <Brave individuals like Pari have taken significant risks to advocate for all the women and men in the country who want fundamental rights and liberty,> said Ghaemi. <The international community must stand in solidarity with the women and men in Iran who are putting everything on the line to dismantle this system of repression.> >>

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