Every day, I took them to school by myself. However, we were harassed by the Taliban. We were told that studying was not a girl’s job and that it was a sin. But I didn’t want my daughters to grow up the way I did. I wanted them to go to school. I wanted them to live a better life. I also lost my ability to work. Because of that, I left Afghanistan.”
On the eve of “International Women’s Day” in Erbil, Iraq, 20-year-old influencer Iman Sami Magdeed, nicknamed “Maria”, was murdered by her brother. As well as advocating for women’s rights and the rainbow community (LGBTQI+) on social media, she loved to sing and occasionally posted videos of herself singing.
Gender-based violence kills women more than any other danger in the world. Iran is one of the countries where femicides, also known as “family homicides” or “honor killings”, account for a high share of official statistics.
While the legal reform of Islamic gender relations is certainly possible and necessary, they will not put an end to the patriarchal regime. From a Marxist-feminist perspective, patriarchy is a social system; it is not a product of misbehavior, misunderstanding, or mis-education, although all of these may be present in individual cases.
Each year, dozens of women are killed by family members in the name of honor, and the Iranian law can not protect women from violence. No exact statistics exist on the number of murders called “Femicide” or “Honor Killing” in Iran, and any published statistics in this regard are either very old or are based on scattered research, but it is estimated up to 450 cases per year.
People calls her Khajo; Khadijeh Ghodsinejad, 22 years old, born in Hengam. She is a fisher, like many other women of Hengam, an island known