Hello, Iran

Uh, hello, Iran. How are you? I don’t know if you heard, but today is the 100 year anniversary of International Women’s Day. Yeah, I’m really thrilled that there have been 100 years advocating equal rights for women. I must say it’s really monumental.

I know throughout the history, women in all parts of the world didn’t enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts. Believe it or not, there was a time here in the United States when women weren’t allowed to vote, but then something called suffrage came along that gave women the right to vote. It just goes to show you that we have taken a lot of strides, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Not every country is perfect, and I know some bad things have happened to women in your country as well. In fact, there was a rumor that an Iranian woman was going to be stoned to death, but she might be executed by hanging now instead. Yikes! That’s a horrible way to kill someone way, wouldn’t you say?

Even though there have been problems with rights for women in your country, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to start addressing these issues. For example, there are a lot of women who have been arrested in your country for the silly reason of being “political activists, rights defenders and members of religious and ethnic minorities.”

I’m not the only one concerned. My good buddy, Amnesty International, is concerned, too!

Amnesty International also expressed concern that dozens of other women are currently detained arbitrarily, many as prisoners of conscience, for their peaceful political activities, or their work defending human rights. Among them are prominent political activists Zahra Rahnavard and Fatemeh Karroubi, currently held in unclear conditions which may amount to enforced disappearance along with their respective husbands, the opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

So, Iran, why don’t you take some positive steps forward starting today and release not just female prisoners of conscious, but all prisoners of conscious? I know it might be tough at first, but you’ll be happy you did it because it will allow these people the freedom to resume their work advocating and defending human rights. Have a nice day!

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