28 Sep #DayWithoutUs on Friday, 30 September
V-Day and One Billion Rising are proud to partner with #DayWithoutUs, a national day of action led by Black women and an invitation for all of us to abandon borders, boundaries, and binaries to build solidarity across the country.
By Black women and for ALL, #DayWithoutUs is about resisting the everyday systems that TAKE and coming together for a day-long pause of protest, learning, and community building. Programming and edutainment will happen online and at #DayWithoutUs pop-ups in select cities across the country.
Join V-Day and One Billion Rising as we partner with #DayWithoutUs on Friday, 30 September, for a national teach-in and day of action, centering Reproductive Justice as a direct pathway to protecting our collective freedom.
We can’t say this enough: #DayWithoutUs is for everyone. This event is FREE, and there are plenty of ways to participate. We at V-Day and One Billion Rising are choosing to remove ourselves for a day. JOIN us and REGISTER online. DONATE here.
RISE with the Women of Iran
V-Day and One Billion Rising stand in solidarity with Iranians who are taking to the streets in large-scale protests across the Islamic Republic of Iran in response to the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested in the capital city of Tehran by the “morality police” for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly, breaking the country’s restrictive rules around hijab and dress codes.
Mahsa was detained after being arrested and suffered “multiple blows to the head” according to news outlet Iran International. While the police are denying beating Mahsa, eye witnesses are corroborating the tragic events.
Protests continue to grow twelve days later, with many women defiantly cutting their hair and burning their hijabs to challenge the regime’s strict and brutal stance. The government has responded with violence. According to BBC News, “Iran Human Rights said it had recorded the deaths of 76 protesters across 14 provinces as of Monday, including six women and four children, although it warned that restrictions on the internet were causing delays in reporting. IHR said that videos and death certificates it had obtained confirmed that live ammunition was being fired directly by security forces at protesters – something Iranian authorities have denied. Iranian officials have also announced the arrests of more than 1,200 people. The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists demanded the release of at least 20 reporters and bloggers who had been detained, as well as human rights defenders, lawyers and civil society activists.” The Guardian reports that the government has shut off the internet in parts of Tehran and Kurdistan, while also blocking access to Instagram and WhatsApp in an attempt to stop the rising tide of protest, which has been largely fueled by social media, an important instrument for documenting the historic protests and the government’s vicious response.
As a global activist movement to end violence against women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), we stand with the women of Iran against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s brutal oppression of women.
Now more than ever our solidarity is essential. LISTEN, SHARE, and AMPLIFY the voices of people on the ground, the voices of the women of Iran. Tell Mahsa’s story.
Women of the world have our eyes on Iran.