Friday, March 09, 2007


Women of Courage

This wonderful woman spoke last night at an International Women's Day event called Women's Rights, The Veil and Islamic and religious laws. Although she spoke in Farsi (the chair kindly translated for those of us unfamiliar with the language) her warmth, charisma and courage provoked an overwhelmingly emotional response from me and the pals I went to the do with. The other speakers — Maryam Namazie, Sonja Eggerickx, Ann Harrison of Amnesty International, and Taslima Nasreen, were equally inspiring, especially in view of the fact that most of these women have to live their lives under constant threat from the religions and regimes they criticise.

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