International Women’s Day message of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Mother

International Women’s Day message of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Mother

Published by on March 6, 2016

sholeh-pakravan-400On the eve of International Women’s Day, Sholeh Pakravan, mother of Rayhaneh Jabbari- the young Iranian girl, that was sentenced to death and later executed despite international outrage, for defending herself against a rapist- sent a message to mark International Women’s Day, March 8th and expressed her outrage at the Iranian mullahs’ misogyny.

The message reads in part:

“On the occasion of March 8th, International Women’s Day: I am a woman. A silent woman who has the cries of silent women from the depths of the history in her heart. I am a woman who has felt with my flesh and skin the suffering of the innocent girls whose right and justice seeking voices in their defence are not heard when they are raped. Because my child was in such a situation. I am a mother. The mother of the girl who went to the gallows unjustly.”

She goes on to say, “My Rayhaneh has now joined history. But her perseverance and insistence on truth and justice, has been a model for many girls. Oppressors abducted Rayhaneh from my arms and hanged her. Unaware that Rayhaneh’s (basil) seeds were planted in the ground and thousands of green and fresh basil will grow from it.”

She said that, “Mandatory veil, is an all-inclusive and permanent tool for suppression of women. In a matter of only one year, 3.6 million women were inspected and questioned on the streets for “improper veiling” and 18,000 women were put on trial.”


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