By Mo Parvin
The stunning uprising of Iranian women is
The revolt was ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini
in police custody. As the world knows now, she was
arrested for defying the strict code of women's
clothing and "wearing inappropriate clothes." Since
this barbaric system is everything but a "Republic,"
I call it the Islamic Regime in Iran (IRI).
Sick and tired of the IRI and the law forcing women
to wear the veil, young women and eventually people
of all ages and genders took to the streets shouting
slogans and, in particular, "Woman, life, freedom."
Women removed and burned headscarves and body covers
and courageously confronted the forces of repression
ordered to fire live ammunition. It was much more
than enough to break my forced silence. I will try
again and share my suggestion on how we can support
the women's movement in Iran to topple a bloody
In articles that I wrote on July 30, 2019, in
English and Farsi ,  I indicated that:
"Imagine the day when millions of Iranian women say
"no" to the Islamic regime and its backward laws and
take to the streets without a veil under the eyes of
the mobilized world. This day will be the end of the
life of this criminal regime."
We have not reached there yet, but it won't be that
far if we expatriates do our job too.
The death of Mahsa Amini inspired the women's
movement in Iran, which eventually pulled out many
freedom-loving people to the streets. The movement
that started spontaneously is slowly getting
organized; that is an encouraging sign. The brutal
regime in Iran won't hesitate to demolish
spontaneous movements when its life is in danger.
Millions of organized, courageous women and men
cannot be stopped even by a murderous regime.
However, they need time to reach that undefeatable
state. We can buy them time if we also start a
specific goal-oriented movement.
Widespread demonstrations worldwide following the
death of Mahsa Amini, spreading news of movements in
Iran, condemning the Islamic Regime in Iran in many
ways, and demanding reactions from western
governments are all necessary but insufficient.
The interest-driven western governments have shown
over the years that when it comes to human rights
violations by the dictatorship in Iran, they all
stand by victims by words and no deeds. At best, the
military groups or commanders are "sanctioned." For
example, if they cannot travel to Canada, this
punishment will stop their violation of human rights
and killing innocent people! They know what they are
doing. Their priority has been and is controlling
the regime's atomic activities.
We must force them to place the condition of
stopping human rights violations as another
condition along with their atomic demand. The
release of political and human rights activists and
no interference with women's type of dressing or
hair covering must be considered as a first step.
The IRI should be suspended for participation in any
worldwide affair until these conditions are
satisfied. Here are a few examples:
No involvement in the UN (Suspension rule
according 2 Article 5, UN Chapter
No visit of any official to any occasion.
Temporary closure of embassies.
Our only force to dictate these tasks is the power
of our votes and the votes of all the freedom-loving
people of the world inspired by the women's
movements in Iran.
All our activities outside Iran should be around
these sorts of demands through available means. We
should use all our tools, including social media, to
ask concerned people to push their local, state, and
federal politicians to act on this.
We should show the degree of our concerns and convey
that any politicians who support these actions will
have our votes regardless of our political
When we start to change the result of even a
low-level election, the news will spread.
Eventually, different parties will compete to gain
If we do this in a coordinated way worldwide, the
Iranian activists inside Iran will hear us. Even if
our effort does not achieve our exact goals, these
unified voices raised worldwide will empower the
courageous women and men standing against a brutal
regime. Having organized the split protests in Iran
will also accelerate and eventually attract more and
more people who had given up and could not imagine
such a historical movement initiated by women. The
murder of Mahsa Amini ignited a fire that could burn
the roots of the dictatorship in Iran.
We need to keep the flame up.
The task I briefly mentioned in this writing and
will elaborate on in another article is difficult to
achieve. The IRI's lobbyists have changed their
approach to its unconditional recognition to
influence and ruin the activities of expatriates in
support of the women's movement in Iran. They are
well funded and therefore well organized and have
taken advantage of our lack of proper approach to
influence many organizations. For example, The
University of Chicago invited Negar Mortazavi, a
known member of NIAC, to talk about the power of
Iranian women on October 18, 2022.
I want to keep this writing as brief as possible.
So, I will expose the lobbyists' new cover-ups in
I will share more thoughts with you soon. Please
don't hesitate to share yours with me. We can
discuss our suggestions in zoom meetings until we
come up with an action plan that we hopefully all or
a majority agree upon. Contacting through email
exchange will be an excellent way to start. We can
then manipulate social media to involve more people
and also make sure that Iranians inside Iran hear
1- Passing by the Islamic Regime or
Overthrowing it ?
2- Farsi version of the above article