- From Day 1, Iran’s women stood in the vanguard. Their voices from rooftops were loudest, and their defiance in the streets boldest.By ROGER COHENPublished: June 27, 2009
I am a woman, so it would be right to say that I am affected by what is happening in Iran. This is my generation; it affects me, it affects my children.
Iran seems to be the most unlikely country to stage a Revolution, then again when you look more closely, it is the most likely. Iran has since the first revolution in 1979, run a conservative Muslim theocracy, one in which male supremacy is etched in the legal code. And yet, women were part of those who struggled for the Islamic state during that revolution. These same women were pushed aside and their rights stampeded upon.
Now the women have arisen and are demanding those rights they so fiercly fought for. It is ironic that a woman who was not even associated with the struggle, but who died because of it has become the symbol of the revolution taking place in Iran.
What these women are asking for is not unreasonable: freedom. Freedom to have their votes rightly counted; freedom to have their fundamental rights upheld; freedom to be treated with respect, as human beings. Is that too much to ask?
Today it is Iran, who knows where the bells of revolution will toll tomorrow.
The women of Iran want to know where their vote to freedom is.
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