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Kongsvinger, Merano, 26.03.2019

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!

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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!

The initiative of the Iranian Women’s Movement Museum published the call here.

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Mansoureh Shojaee

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. 

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In light of International Women’s day, the opening of the exhibition “From Evin,With Love” presents the handicrafts of Imprisoned Iranian women activists.

The exhibition introduces the “Iranian Women’s movement Museum”, as a part of the “Iranian women movement oral history” designed and developed by Mansoureh Shojaee  in collaboration with Vrije University Asmterdam.

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