Today, Iran votes. By the time I post this, many of you will have already seen footage of Iranians waiting in line to reach the polls. As we eagerly anticipate the results of thishistoric election, read coverage of the events here.
On August 14th, eighteen year-old Fereshteh Nejati was murdered by her father. Forced into marriage at 14, Fereshteh was seeking a divorce.
The details of her murder are gruesome. The response to the tragedy, however, shows signs of hope for Iran’s women.
Where am I finding this hope? Well, Fereshteh’s community decided that enough is enough. Some 2000 people – men and women – gathered in the streets to demand an end to honor killings, and to claim Fereshteh’s body for a respectful burial.
See photos of the demonstration here.
As always, check out the International Campaign Against Honour Killings . There, you can join communities like Fereshteh’s in their efforts.
* Please remember to keep taking action for Kobra Najjar, an Iranian woman facing imminent stoning.
* Sign the anti-honor killing petition I’ve told you about here.
* Send letters to the Pakistani government demanding that they take action against honor killings.
* Work against the epidemic of rape in Afghanistan.
I told you about Kobra Najjar in a previous entry. Thank you to one of my readers for sending along another way we can help her – and speak out against all stoning in Iran.
Consider signing this petition, written by Muslims and addressed to Iran’s leaders.
And, if you haven’t already – remember to check out the International Campaign Against Honour Killings – and sign up for their mailing list.