“Permitted / forbidden” was the title of the seminar organized in Malmoe, Sweden at the 28th of October 2013 by Feminist Dialog in which Hoda Aminian, a women’s rights activist and co-founder of the non-profit organization (NPO) Bahamestan, explained Right to the City for the women in Iran.
In the first part of the seminar, Hoda Aminian talked about the definition of Right to the City and the various obstacles women face to the full and complete usage of urban public spaces in Iran.
Within this frame work she pointed out the three major categories of the women’s difficulties in the city and then resumed and explained the categories.
The examined and explained categories of Right to the City are:
- design of urban spaces and urban planning in Iran which is not women friendly
- social and cultural factors
- dress and behavior codes
In the second part of the seminar, Hoda Aminian talked about the NPO, Bahamestan which has been working since last year on Right to the City for citizens.
The NPO Bahamestan focuses specially on marginalized groups and vulnerable citizens such as women, children, refugees, seniors, the disabled, etc. in Tehran, Iran.
Hoda Aminian also illustrated their work in Bahamestan through the three fundamental aims of the NPO:
a) Informing marginalized citizens’ right to the city
b) Advocating the marginalized citizens’ right in the negotiation process with planning structures
c) Mobilizing direct actions among marginalized citizens to face planning power structures
Finally, Hoda Aminian talked about the projects and events they have completed in their first year of activities and how they have targeted the most marginalized groups and the most neglected parts of the city.
The aim has always been to fulfill all three predefined roles of planning activities by the activists. This is done mostly by launching the “Better Block Project”
(called Kucheye Behtar in Persian) and introducing a national day as
“safe city for children day” to tribute the 11th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred in Tehran where six elementary school children drowned in the City park at front of the city hall.
“Permitted/Forbidden” is a title of Hoda Aminian’s talk, Iranian women’s right activist and co-founder of Bahamestan.
She has been working on urban spaces for women and right to the city for citizens especially vulnerable ones such as women, children, refugees, etc.
[Re]¹ -Thinking [Strategy and Tactics]
FROM LEFT: TRIFA SHAKELY, SHOLEH IRANI AND MIRIAM ESTRADA-CASTILLO
The first step of Re-thinking has been taken at the cinema Spegeln in Malmoe by Feminist Dialog in 5th March 2013. The first program was a collaboration with IFEMA and with the support of ABF Malmö. The main subject of the Re-thinking was focused on the strategy and the tactics used by women to stop the war and to end the various conflicts.
As the NGO´s co-founder Parvin Ardalan added “This is the Feminist Dialog’s first program for feminist re-thinking about women´s situation in conflicts and war. We would like to discuss and analyze the women´s situation by inviting those who have lived or are living in different conflict situations, regions of war and militaristic locations.”
The program started with a video greeting from iranian women activists against war.
The evening went on with the Lebanese film ”Where Do We Go Now?” by director
The film demonstrated how ordinary women organized to prevent a religious conflict between the men in the village.
The evening resumed after the film by a discussion among Trifa Shakely and Miriam Estrada-Castillo and was moderated by Sholeh Irani.
Below you can read some quotations of the panelists.
Panelist Citat på svenska Quotations in English
- Foreign editor at
|“Vi befinner oss i en epok av historien där det präglas av uppror, motstånd och revolt med krav på rättvisa, jämställdhet och frihet i hela världen.
Kvinnor har blivit en allt starkare röst i den här globala motståndskraften.”
|“We are in an era of history where it´s characterized bu uprising, resistance and rebellion with demands for justice, equality and freedom throughout the world.Women have become an increasingly powerful voice in this global resistance.”
||“Det är viktigt att fokusera på hur kvinnor gör motstånd då militarismens första offer är kvinnor.”
||“It is important to focus on how women resist, since the first victims of militarism are women.”
- Activist and former editor of Bang
|“I krig så händer det också att kvinnokroppar representerar en nation. Nationen, moderlandet och hemlandet. Därmed att våldta och våldföra sig på kvinnorna är att pinka revir, att ta någon annans land och förskjuta gränserna, de nationella gränserna.
Det är det som krig handlar om.”
|“At war, as it also happens, women’s bodies represent a nation.
The nation, motherland and homeland.
Thus, to rape and violate women is to define one’s territory’, to take someone else’s land and to push the boundaries, the national borders.
That’s what war is about.”
||“Filmen handlar om klassiskt underjordiskt motståndsarbete.”
||“The film is about classical underground resistance work”
- Former senior legal advisor to the UN Security Council
|“The power of war has developed in order to take over the natural resources.War is a matter of power, … the economical and political power.
That is it.”
|“Krigets makt har utvecklats för att ta över naturresurserna. Krig handlar om makt, … ekonomisk och politisk makt.
Det är allt.”
||“… the only way to face the problems is to get together, … women and also men, in a powerful movement for peace and we should have essentially “the conscience of where we are going?”
||“… den enda vägen att möta problemen är att gå samman, … kvinnor och män, i en kraftfull rörelse för fred … och vi borde ha det väsentligaste;
“medvetenheten om vart vi går?”
||“The union makes the strength.”
||“Styrkan kommer från sammanhållningen”
Link to a review by Karin Arbsjö at Sydsvenskan: