When The Women’s Movement Museum received Parastoo’s text in support of Farhad Meysami, people hadn’t yet reached the streets and the appearance of a social act from inside the prison was a reason to be hopeful and a source of encouragement.
Mansoureh Shojaee, curator of the exhibition, founder of the Iranian Women’s Movement Museum, and member of IAWM welcomed at the opening also IAWM president Mona Holm, and the godmother of IAWM, Nobel peace prize winner, Shirin Ebadi.
It is a great joy that now the exhibition will be showed also in another city through the collaboration with a member museum of IAWM: The Museum Women’s Culture Regional – International, Fürth, Germany. Continue reading
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IAWM calls on the Iranian government to immediately release lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and all women’s rights activists who are in Iranian jail. They did not commit a crime, they only insisted on the human rights in their country!
Nasrin Sotoudeh (1963), one of the last female lawyers in her country who takes a stand for human rights, is also on the Board of our member, the Iranian Women’s Movement Museum. She was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, only because she fought for defendants to be able to appoint their trusted attorney!
Since June 2018 she is back in Evin prison. Her own trial was conducted without her being allowed to choose her lawyer. With this new sentence, her situation becomes dramatically worse.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of the most courageous and consistent human rights activists in the world. She defended, among others, many women who have been unjustly imprisoned, because they protested for their rights in the streets. She campaigned for minors, minorities and human rights activists in general. Even her husband was arrested for this, and her two children are experiencing again and again that their parents – especially their mother – are imprisoned, because they fight for justice in their country.
In 2008 she received the Human Rights International award in Italy – in collaboration with IAWM – and in 2012, she was awarded with the prestigious European Sakharov Prize.
IAWM – the International Association of Women’s Museums Worldwide – supports all organizations and people who are demanding the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh. We sign all initiatives that bring the deserved justice to Nasrin Sotoudeh and every other woman in this situation.
To the Iranian government: Release Nasrin Sotoudeh!
Jeff and Marcia are an artist and documentarian couple. I met them while they were working on their most recent documentary. While chatting with them casually, which usually is more interesting than the “official discussion” people have, we came to know about each others’ taste in art and literature. While we were doing this, we came to know how much more we have in common.
One of the things that we share is the love we all have for Joan Baez, who has been the singer of songs of peace and justice for over fifty years, since the social movements of the late 60s in Europe until today.
Jeff and Marcia have numerous friends all over the world. One of their friends, Bill Shipsey, is the founder of Amnesty International’s “Art for Amnesty,” and also a friend of Joan Baez. He told them that Joan Baez is coming to Paris in February 2019 to perform. During their conversation, these three artists decided to introduce me to Baez in Paris.
Jeff, Marcia, and Bill told me about their wonderful decision. Without hesitation, on the wings of the heavenly voice of Joan Baez, my mind flew back to Iran.Continue reading
The Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been arrested after she questioned the Iranian judiciary. She is one of the best-known human rights defenders in Iran.
Today we join to demand the liberation of Nasrin together. That’s how it’s done:
Last Wednesday, her husband wrote on Facebook that Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested and sent to Tehran’s Evin Prison. He wrote “Of all the functions that governments of the world are expected to do, the Iranian one is only good in arresting and imprisoning innocent people.” Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested without an official warrant, because she supported young women in their protest against the hijab.
The 9th of March 2018 the Iranian Women’s Movement Museum was inaugurated in exile with the exibition “From Evin, with Love”.
This important event took place in Humanity House in Den Haag, the Netherlands.
Curator and founder of the Iranian Women’s Wovement Museum, Mansoureh Shoajee, could together with former Nobel peace prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, welcome a moved public.
The exhibition consists of objects of handicrafts made by political women prisoners in the Evin Prison in Iran, and photos and biographs of these women. Some of the objects are made as gifts to the children of the women, whom they were not able to see during their long time in prison. Some of the women are still prisoners.
The International Association of Women’s Museums was invited to the inauguration, and our president Mona Holm made a speech on behalf of all our members all over the world.
This museum and exhibition is a truly extrordinary achievment. We are so proud of having Shirin Ebadi as the Godmother of our International Association of Women’s Museums, and we support her wish that one day they will be able to open their Women’s Museum also in Teheran.