''Despite the fact that 300 women protestors in Kabul faced with more than a 1000 counter protestors who throw stones at them and called them " dog" and spat at them, despite the fact that the Iranian women who demand change to the discriminatory laws in Iran are facing arrest and detention, despite the fact that their websites being filtered, papers being banned, and their safety and security is fragile, the movements for rights and dignity, for equity and equality, keep moving forward and gaining more strength''. -Elahe Amani writes for Pragoti
''Using the rhetoric of “justice,” “equality,” “rights and democracy,” and the “center of society” is hardly meaningful if such discourse is not supported by action. Western imperialists are using this language to invade and destroy the infrastructures of other nations, under the banner of “democracy and human rights.” Religious extremist transnationally, regardless of whether or not they are in positions of power in Iran, Afghanistan or the FLDS camps in United State, cannot talk of “upholding justice,” “security,” and the “well-being of women and girls” while violating the human rights of women and girls in polygamist, patriarchal power structures'', says Elahe Amani.
''Defending rights of women, sexual, ethnic, religious and other minorities are perhaps indicators of democratization in society. Perhaps it was not frightening to defend women’s rights before, but now failure to defend women’s rights will be condemned widely by women in society, even if it is not always fruitful. Defending the rights of minorities also is an experience of this sort'', observes Parvin Ardalan.
Some perspectives from the Women's Movement in Iran (Courtesy: Iran Women Solidarity).