Stop state violence against women in Iran!

Sakineh, A Symbol of State Violence

Publication Date: 
March, 2011

This video marked the launch of the online campaign: Stop state violence against women in Iran!, which is a project by one of our partners, the Institute for Women's Empowerment (IWE).  The campaign goal is to mobilise public opinion, both national and international, to stop Iranian state violence against women.

Stop state violence against women in Iran!



The Islamic Republic of Iran is perpetrating state violence against women, often using religious pretexts to justify such violence, affecting women regardless of their backgrounds . State violence against women takes place on the streets  committed by Basij (State-sanctioned religious police);  in courts  - when State violence takes the form of legal codification that defies the very standards that Iran has committed itself to; and in jails – when it becomes part of the method of extracting confessions in jail, with rape condoned as a means of torture.  Indeed anywhere in the regime.