POSTED March 7, 2023
How women’s freedoms are still being affected in the world
Learn how women stand-up for their rights and freedoms and how we are working to help women and girls around the world
By Danielle Daley, digital community coordinator
You may know the name of the 22 year-old woman, Mahsa Amini. Laws enforced by the Iranian government last year caused the morality police to arrest Amini under the country’s Sharia Law, for not wearing the hijab properly. Her death on September 16, 2022-impacted people not only in Iran but also all over the world where women marched in cities including New York, Paris, London, Istanbul, Madrid, Toronto and many more in solidarity.
The morality police mainly targeted women. The states compulsory hijab rule created resistance from women as their rights weren’t equal with men and hundreds of women’s rights activists were arrested by the Iranian government for over four decades, reports The Washington Post. After the death of Mahsa Amini, it sparked nationwide protests where women risked their lives to rally together to fight for their rights and freedoms and take a stand against decades of oppression.
Like many of the women around the world standing up for their rights and equality, at Children Believe, we are working to advance child rights and protection and promote equality for girls. We are working with communities, governments, coalitions and other to end harmful practices like child marriage and child labour.
And we want children and youth to be heard and know they are protected. We are building knowledge and skills for children, youth, families and community groups so they can influence change and overcome injustice.
ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE:
Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60+ years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
About ChildFund Alliance:
A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.