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Woman, Life, Freedom Uprising – One year later

Jina Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish, 22 year old woman, was killed in custody of Iran’s morality police on September 16th last year, sparking an uprising led by Iranian women, and supported by ethnic and minority groups. 

As the anniversary of Amini’s death nears,  Iranian American women in Washington state share their experiences in Iran before they moved here.  They also share how the Woman, Life, Freedom Uprising has affected them. 

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo: Feminists for Jina

Events in observance of one year anniversary of Jina Mahsa Amini’s death and beginning of Woman, Life Freedom uprising




Peyvand and NPO is co-hosting a vigil and poetry event

Sunday, September 17th

University of Washington Campus Red Square –  6:30 to 8:00 pm



Bellevue protest to support Iranian Women


Hundreds gathered in Bellevue over the weekend to protest in solidarity with women in Iran.  KBCS was there and gathered voices and sounds from the event.



Education is not a crime

Baha’i’s are a religious minority in Iran. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Baha’i’s have been persecuted in Iran for teaching and studying. An international campaign, Education is Not a Crime, launches on February 27 to shed light on the plight of Iranian Baha’i’s. A documentary, To Light A Candle shows how Baha’i’s have defied the persecution to teach and educate their youth.Today I discuss the documentary and the campaign with local members of the Baha’i faith. Taraneh Mohajeri was born and raised in Iran. She left Iran in 1983 because she was not allowed to attend University. Houtan Rahmanian is a graduate from Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at 2008 (Tehran, Iran). He worked as a software developer a software company before Iranian government attacks and shuts down the company. He sought asylum from United States and moved to U.S. in 2010.

For more information about local film screenings of To Light a Candle and the campaign, visit Education is Not a Crime or Iran Press Watch.