It’s hard to know exactly what is going on in Iran given the media sellout/buyoff and political gamesmanship including our own special ops/CIA involvement... but we do know for sure that women are the first to suffer during political unrest and war…
And now by many accounts, Iranian women are now running the resistance.... As the Toronto Star points out “today we are seeing what is historically the first national movement with a leadership that is predominately female.”
And to Martha at ABC…NO! This is more than a ‘Lipstick Revolution!’ That degrades women’s role in wanting basic human rights and reduces their struggle to merely a matter of cosmetics. This is another example from media that shows a complete lack of understanding of women in Iran along with their culture. At election rallies, female supporters often chanted the name of Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard (a powerful political figure in her own right) as she promised that under Mousavi there would be more women in the cabinet and a reform of policies that strip women of their rights in marriage. Oh and have I mentioned the stoning of women?
Under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, women are discouraged from working and from seeking higher education, while he suggested that true freedom for women lay in not having all the "legal responsibility of men."
With half of the human population are women... so they should have full and equal participation and voice in the political, culture and economic arena…something the U.S. could also learn from and improve as well as Iran. Screw the lipstick...women are finding their voices.