As people around the world celebrated international women’s day on March 8, Iranian women activists interviewed for this occasion said that they believed that the condition of women in Iran has deteriorated while pressure and restrictions on their activities have grown. Despite this though they appeared hopeful and optimistic, contending that their movement would start the new Persian year (the year 1391 begins on March 20) with vigor and dynamism.
While in some countries the international women’s day has been declared an official holiday, the Islamic republic does not recognize the day as such. Iranian women activists however do and celebrate day in whatever fashion possible. One website that posts news related to women, Kanoone Zanane Irani (The Center for Iranian Women), announced that international women’s day was celebrated in a small house in Tehran. According to the report journalist Jhila Bani Yaghoob, and women social activists Shahla Foroozanfar, Alie Eghdamdoost, Minoo Mortazi Langaroodi, Haleh Safarzadeh, Nahid Jaafari, Setareh Hashemi, Alie Matlabzadeh, along with defense attorney Nasrin Sotudeh’s husband Reza Khandan, commemorated the day by talking about current issues and the achievements of women.