March 8, International Women’s Day, marks women’s struggle and solidarity all over the world to assert their trampled rights in the face of the shackles imposed upon them by male dominance, tyrant regimes and the capitalist system. March 8 is the day that heralds the overthrow of inhuman institutions and revolt against inequalities which reduce the exalted position of women to that of baby-producing machines and instruments for satiating the carnal passions of men, and allows the most horrendous of crimes to be perpetrated against women. March 8 pays homage to, and renews our covenant with the blood of the likes of Nahid, Wajiha, Meena, Rosa Luxemburg, Leyla Qasim, Shirin Alam Holi, Zoya, Marzieh Oskoi, Tania and countless other women worldwide. These champions of women’s emancipation proved by their resistance, legendary struggle and the shedding of their blood that women can fight side by side with men for a society devoid of oppression and injustice, and that there is no other way for emancipation from bondage and misery.
Our country is devoid of independence and freedom, and is trampled underfoot by the barbaric raids of the occupiers and their vile minions; therefore, women’s rights and human rights in general have no place in our society. In a country which has been rendered bereft of independence, talking about democracy and justice is demagoguery. Consequently, we cannot congratulate our shackled women on this day, as it will be a hollow formality –what individuals and entities of our dollar-obsessed officialdom are doing. When the absolute majority of our women spend their lives in abject misery, and at each moment the most horrendous crimes are committed against them and the most demeaning indignities are heaped upon them, this day can only be commemorated by renewing our vow to intensify the struggle for securing women’s rights, and by exposing and expelling all forms of misogyny and its perpetrators.