Updated: Oct 24, 2022
Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old girl. She was a young Kurdish woman whose name or personal story we would have never known unless one day last September her hijab had not slipped a few centimetres back, exposing part of her hair.
She was traveling with her family to Tehran when the “moral security agency”, the moral police, arrested her. She died some days later, after having been in the hospital for the injuries received.
The authorities, in their defence and ignoring any responsibility, alleged that Mahsa suffered from previous illnesses such as epilepsy, diabetes or a head tumour that was operated on during her childhood. Information that his parents deny.
The reality is that Mahsa was healthy. Mahsa was arrested for not having her hair completely covered. Mahsa died on September 16th, 2022, from what were clearly the consequences of a brutal beating.
Thousands of women have protested since then. From small demonstrations, probably somehow frivolous, like haircuts, to women throwing their hijabs in the air at the risk of suffering the same consequences as Mahsa. Leaders and leaders from all over the world have spoken up about it, although the situation was far from surprising new.
A few days ago, without going any further, the Iranian athlete who took part in a climbing competition without a hijab has been in the news. Elnaz Rekabi joined her country's protests over the death of Masha Amini, she was greeted with applause at the Tehran airport. I write these lines without knowing if in a few hours or days I will have to change this paragraph and add the horrible news of a tragedy in response from the authorities to this act of absolute bravery.
From the corners of the world, in which women have already achieved quotas of equality and rights that were denied to us for years, we cannot stop reviving that the world still needs a great, radical, transformation so that 50% of its inhabitants are recognized, respected and not persecuted, attacked, repressed or assaulted for the simple fact of being female.
I doubt that Mahsa was a feminist, she had not been in any protests, she probably lived oblivious to the struggle that would have been necessary to change her destiny. Because only feminism will save us from this barbarism in which a woman can die, can be attacked simply because a rebellious lock of hair is visible.
Feminism is, has been and will be the only possible engine for equality.
Feminism is the way, but it takes a lot of work, awareness, legislation and zero permissiveness to reach the goal.
Death of Mahsa Amini
On 16 September 2022, a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini (Persian: مهسا امینی), also known as Jina Amini or Zhina Amini (Persian: ژینا امینی; Sorani Kurdish: ژینا ئەمینی, romanized: Jîna Emînî), died in a hospital in Tehran, Iran, under suspicious circumstances. The Guidance Patrol, the religious morality police of Iran's government, arrested Amini for not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards.
The Law Enforcement Command of Islamic Republic of Iran stated that before transferring her to the hospital, she had a heart attack at a police station, collapsed, and fell into a coma. However, eyewitnesses, including women who were detained with Amini, reportedly said she was severely beaten, and that she died as a result of police brutality, which was denied by Iranian authorities. These assertions, in addition to leaked medical scans, led independent observers to believe Amini had had a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke.
Amini's death resulted in a series of protests, described by CNN as more widespread than the protests in 2009, 2017, and 2019, and by The New York Times as the largest Iranian protests since at least 2009. Some female demonstrators removed their hijab or publicly cut their hair as acts of protest. By October 2022, Iran Human Rights reported that at least 201 people were killed by security forces confronting protests across the country; Amnesty International reported that Iranian security forces were, in some cases, firing into groups with live ammunition, and in other cases were killing protesters by beating them with batons.
Written by Irene Jezabel Sánchez Masegosa
Translated by Noèlia Ribó.
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