The reaction to the murder of Iranian young woman, Mahsa Amini, is truly shocked. But it is not news that women’s rights are being structurally violated in Iran and many other countries. Vvdm books. Hat Van Der Wood In the opinion presented. Because it is symptomatic of a whole series of restrictions placed on women and girls.
Hat Van Der Wood (1969) Member of Parliament for the VVD.
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On Saturday, October 8, a large solidarity demonstration was announced in Malefield in The Hague against abuses against women in Iran. Amini’s sense of barbaric death shocked the entire world. A young woman was detained by Iran’s “moral police” for not complying with the headscarf requirements for women there, and she did not survive.
We have known for a long time that Iran has a ‘moral police’
It is both good and true that in the Netherlands we speak openly about this murder. At the same time, we have known for a long time that these clothing requirements apply in Iran and that Iran has a “morality police”. The group of people who usually don’t care much and think about a show far from my bed, or think it ‘belongs to that culture’, is big. And if the events do not have dire consequences for the system, I expect that the focus on these women could fade soon, just as the focus on the status of women does in countless other countries.
But we should never be indifferent to this. We must take every opportunity we get to put it on the agenda and show our support for these persecuted women. As far as I am concerned, these violations of women’s rights should be at the center of communications with these countries, whether appropriate or not.
Reluctance to support Iranian women for fear of “polarization”
Also intriguing is the visible fear of support for Iranian women by people who fear “polarization,” or anti-Muslim hatred, as they call it. Remarkably, Iranian human rights abuses are even a reason for part of political politics in The Hague to celebrate the right to wear the headscarf freely.
This letter completely ignores the essence of the struggle of brave Iranian women, and it is also very doubtful whether all Dutch women can freely decide whether or not to wear a headscarf. If we learn anything from Lale Gül’s experiences, it is that groups of women and girls are also persecuted in the Netherlands.
An obvious symptom of the compulsion to veil is a series of restrictions
The obligation to wear a headscarf, which is a highly visible thing we often focus on, is just one symptom of a whole host of restrictions placed on women in conservative circles. They are not allowed to choose their clothes or partner freely, nor are they allowed to go out with friends or use a dating app. They do not enjoy the freedom of movement that their brothers, cousins, and fathers enjoy. The painful consequence is that these girls and women are, in many ways, unable to fully participate in our open society. If they do, they harm the family’s honour. So they are a disgrace to the family, with all the ensuing consequences.
But even if there is no direct commitment, peer pressure and social pressure from the environment and family seem to play a major role in the considerations women and girls make about how they dress or behave and what freedoms they are entitled to under our Constitution. . , in fact dare to use it. Because deviating from what your family or environment expects of you can lead to condemnation or rejection. Or being harassed in the street.
The situation in Iran shows what will happen if you do not defend the freedom of women to wear whatever they want without condition or reservations. Several women have already been shot for taking off their headscarves. It is absurd that the women who see this happen in Iran do not stand unreservedly by these women, but mainly appeal to their freedom to choose to wear the veil here.
Voluntary veiling for some reason does not discuss coercion
We must not turn a blind eye to the veil and other ways of oppressing women, in Iran or here. As a spokesperson for emancipation, I consider that compulsion exists in the Netherlands, that basic fundamental rights do not seem to apply to everyone in the Netherlands, and few people seem to find this problematic. The fact that some women choose to wear the hijab or restrict their rights is no excuse not to talk about it.
So if we take this problem seriously, we also need to take a critical look at the coercion and oppression that some women and girls are subjected to here in our country, and give them the recognition and support they need. First of all, we need to gain a better understanding of the scope of the problem by identifying as much data as possible, but also by collecting that data more actively from now on. In addition, a good reception structure is needed to help young women who want to escape persecution. We have to commit to this from a political perspective in The Hague. Because even for these Dutch women and girls, life in the Netherlands is not what it should be: free and equal.