formerly known as
Women's Liberation Front

Welcome to, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolution and especially for the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' (translated the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi)  uprising in Iran and the struggles of our sisters in the Middle East.
This online magazine started December 2019 as a monthly and will now be published evey two weeks and concerning the 'Women, Life, Freedom' revolution in Iran every week. Thank you for your time and interest.
Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
radical feminist and women's rights activist 


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   15 - 4 Sept. --  August 31 - July 5, 2023


(Updates September 13, 2023)

August 20, 2023
Preface to the new format of the 'Woman, Life, Freedom'
pages lay-out


September 13 - 7, 2023
<<Ilham Omer: Women's quest for freedom will spread across Syria...
and <<Şiraz Hamo: 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' uprising will achieve victory...
and <<Crimes committed against women in Hebron by Israel protested in Gaza...
and <<Women in As-Suwayda are on the front lines of Syria's anti-Assad protests
and more news...

September 7 - 6, 2023
<<Referral Guidance Center works for social change in Iraq...
and <<Women of Shengal: We will struggle for freedom of leader Apo...
and <<Women's rights and gender equality
Women in Afghanistan are fighting an unequal war. We need your support...

and <<Peaceful protests in Sweida: We demand our stolen freedom...

September 5 - August 29, 2023
<<'Women will not bow to the Taliban'...
and <<Women of Til Temir: We will strengthen our solidarity against sectarianism...
and <<Ghazal Rasouli: There is still a long way to go...
and <<WCLAC Works for 32 years to achieve justice and gender equality in Palestine...
and <<Walls closing in: Taliban tighten noose on women's very existence, 'engaging in intentional cruelty'...
and <<Syria protests: New revolution or economic issue?...
and so much more news

August 31 - July 5, 2023
<women are strong leaders.>
<<'We will actualize the philosophy of leader Apo'....
<<'The unity of women's organizations is important to ensure freedom'....
and more news

When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali.

Jinha - Womens News Agency - 14 September 14, 2023 - by
<<'The Iranian women's revolution is a renaissance that will soon reap its fruits'
Gaza- On September 16, 2022, 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini was killed by Iran's so-called <morality police> for not wearing her hijab properly in Iran's capital Tehran. Following her killing, people, especially women, took to the streets in the cities of Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan by chanting the slogan Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (Women, Life, Freedom)> In an interview with NuJINHA, Islah Hassaneya, the feminist activist and director of the Center for Research, Legal Consultation and Protection for Women, commented on the <Jin, Jiyan, Azadi> uprising.
<The rights of Iranian women are violated and they suffer from male control and deprivation of their social, economic and political rights. We know that women led revolutions in various Arab countries, and Iranian women have been leading the uprising because they have been oppressed. Protests are legitimate ways to convey messages to authoritarian regimes. Protesters must be respected and their demands must be taken into account,> she said.
'Women are deprived of their rights'
Islah Hassaneya thinks some professions or academic specializations are still thought of as men's jobs. She said, <This should be changed because women have proven their capabilities in various fields such as judiciary, engineering, nuclear sciences, and technology. In Iran, women are always subjected to the political status of the ruler of the country. If the president is concerned with women’s rights, women are given the opportunities to develop themselves. The poisoning of schoolgirls in Iran is an inhuman practice. The aim is to deprive women and girls of all their rights and to restrict them by creating crises.>
'International conventions are not implemented'
She added, <There is a system in Iran that aims to achieve its goals by killing girls and women. Women are oppressed in the name of the compulsory hijab rule. The international conventions and agreements are not implemented and this takes us back to the ancient human era in the application of human rights. Why are women always oppressed? Is it because they are weak, or because they are powerless and unable to confront themselves? Or because there is no support for them to demand their rights? We demand the international community to impose sanctions on the Iranian regime because it does not implement the international convention ratified by it.>
'The Iranian women's revolution is a renaissance that will soon reap its fruits'
She recalled that some Iranian female athletes were forced to flee to other countries when they participated in international competitions without wearing hijabs. “If this situation continues, many women will flee from the country. Iranian women should keep resisting because they will definitely achieve their freedom. Women lead all movements for freedom. International Women's Day is one of them. Now, this day is celebrated all around the world. What brings women to decision-making positions is their determination. The revolution led by women in Iran is a renaissance. I believe that the Iranian women's revolution is a renaissance that will soon reap its fruits.> >>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 13, 2023 - By SORGUL ŞEXO
<<Ilham Omer: Women's quest for freedom will spread across Syria
Qamishlo- Ilham Omer and Mewlûda Îbo, members of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) Women's Office, were detained in Damascus on July 21, 2011. After two years in prison, they were released on August 27, 2023. In an interview with NuJINHA, she described what she had faced in prison and commented on recent political development in Syria. Ilham Omer said that their main duty at the SDC is to establish and strengthen relations among women. <We want to represent all women in North and East Syria. There are articles on women's rights in the Syrian constitution. We went to Sweida to give information about women's rights. We met Druze women and shared our experiences with them and gave information about the revolution (The revolution in Rojava). When we returned to Damascus, we were detained,> Ilham Omer said, <The Damascus government (Syrian government) is afraid that the revolution and democratic project in North and East Syria will spread across the country. We were arrested on the pretext that we had gone to Sweida to propagandize against the Damascus government. The 5-minute interrogation lasted almost two years, and we faced physical and physiological violence. The first thing we were told was 'As Kurds, when will you understand that you live in a country under one flag and that your project will not succeed and that you will return to the arms of the state?'. They think we are trying to divide Syria.>
She was isolated for eight months
Ilham Omer was held at the Anti-Terrorism Department for eight months. She was isolated and subjected to torture for eight months. <Whenever they detained us, they took Mewlûde to another place. We were held at the Anti-Terrorism Department for the first eight months. Then, we were held at the Criminal Security Branch for a year and five months. We were held in a cell with the women of ISIS. We were subjected to physiological torture by the women of ISIS. In prison, prisoners were never called with their names but with numbers. We were isolated; we were not allowed to see our family. For two years, we were deprived of all our rights. We stayed in a solitary cell for two years without sun and air. In winter, we did not have clothes to keep us warm and we were given very bad food.>
'I have no regrets'
Ilham Omer thinks the Damascus government uses arrests to put pressure on the SDC. <The food given to us showed how the economic crisis affected the areas controlled by the Damascus government. Syria suffers from economic, political and social crises. They arrested us to put pressure on the SDC so that they could get whatever they wanted. Despite all the physical and psychological torture, I have no regrets. I saw the prison as a training place, where I could think more and regain my energy for the future. We will keep sharing our experiences and spread our project across the country. Because we, as Syrian women, are the roots of life.>
'We greet the struggle of Druze women'
Ilham Omer also talked about the protests led by women in Sweida. <When I was in prison, I heard that the women of Sweida rose up against the government. After watching the news, I realized that my efforts in Sweida do not go for nothing. The struggle started by the women of Sweida is a very valuable struggle. They have risen up against the hunger policy of the government and demanded their rights. The women of Sweida are knowledgeable and understanding women. They should keep struggling to the end. We greet the struggle of Druze women.>
'Women's quest for freedom will spread across Syria'
In her speech, Ilham Omer noted that women are being oppressed in the name of religion. <The women of Sweida rise up and represent the demands of all Syrian women. Ruling systems always oppress women to prevent them from achieving their goals. They try to suppress women by arresting and torturing them. ISIS subjects women to massacre and torture while the Damascus government and the Turkish state carry out misogynous policies. They never want a democratic Syria and implement the policy of divide and disintegrate. Therefore, the unity and solidarity of women will fail this policy. Women's quest for freedom will spread across Syria whether the Damascus government wants it or not.> >>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 12, 2023 - By ROCHELLE JUNİOR
<<Protests in Sweida: The system must change for a life with dignity
Sweida- On 17 August 2023, peaceful protests erupted in the Druze majority city of Sweida over the high inflation rate and deteriorating economic situation in Syria. The protests have entered their fourth week. People participating in the peaceful protests led by women demand the change of the government. Yesterday, hundreds gathered in Karama Square of the city, demanding the change of the government and the release of political prisoners.
'We want to have a life with dignity'
NuJINHA spoke to Iman Al-Nabwani, one of the protesters. She said:
<As free women of Jabal al-Druze (Mountain of the Druze), we say this country is the country of people from different nationalities and beliefs and we demand our fundamental and legitimate rights and want to have a life with dignity. The Syrian government forces young people to leave the country by oppressing and arresting them. It wants to create fear and panic among people. As mothers, we stand against injustice and oppression. We demand that the Syrian government must put an end to its violations and inhuman practices. This political system must change to ensure a life with dignity.> >>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 12, 2023 - By ŞERİN MİHEMED
<<Şiraz Hamo: 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' uprising will achieve victory
Qamishlo- In an interview with NuJINHA, Şiraz Hamo, coordinating member of the Kongra Star, talked about the 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (English: Women, Life, Freedom)' uprising that started in Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini in Tehran on September 16, 2022.
<The killing of Jina Mahsa Amini by Iran's so-called morality police turned into the spark of the uprising in Iran,> she said, <This uprising was not the result of that moment. It was an extension of the previous uprisings that had broken out against the existing dictatorial regime. The people of Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan, especially women, rose up and demanded the change of the current system. They want to overthrow the cruel regime and change the injustice practices carried out by the regime aiming to intimidate people.> 'People from all ages have played their part'. Pointing out that people of all facets of life have participated in the uprising led by women, Şiraz Hamo said, <People from all ages have played their part with determination in the uprising led by women to change the current regime. The slogan 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' began to be chanted in the uprising to have a country based on freedom and equality. We need Jin (Women), Jiyan, (Life) and Azadi (Freedom) to have a life based on justice, equality, peace and democracy.>
'The effect of the revolution in Rojava has shown up itself all around the world'
<The women of Iran, who were influenced by the revolution in Rojava, rose up against the Iranian regime and the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini sparked the uprising,> said Şiraz Hamo. <Women chanted the slogan 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' to demand freedom. Women have many achievements that play an important role in the development of society in the 21st century. The freedom of women means the freedom of society. The effect of the revolution in Rojava has shown itself all around the world. Therefore, the 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' slogan has been chanted by women demanding freedom and wanting to enjoy their rights all around the world.>
Call for unity
In her speech, Şiraz Hamo recalled how women all around the world cut their hair and held protests to express their solidarity with Iranian women. She also called on all women to unite against the patriarchal mindset. <As women, we must support each other wherever we are. We must raise our voices together against the policies implemented against us to achieve victory by resisting and struggling. What has happened is a good model; women have overcome all difficulties by struggling and organizing themselves with determination and they have achieved many gains.> Şiraz Hamo thinks that women in Iran should keep resisting and making their voices heard all around the world. <The 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' uprising will definitely achieve victory.> >>
Source incl. video

Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 11, 2023 - By RAFIF ESLEEM
<<Crimes committed against women in Hebron by Israel protested in Gaza
Gaza- Yesterday, women of NGOs held a demonstration in front of the United Nations headquarters in the Gaza Strip to protest the crimes committed against women of Hebron by Israeli forces. The demonstrators called on the international community to fulfill its responsibilities by putting pressure on Israel to stop its forces from committing crimes against women in the Palestinian territories. Maryam Zaqout, one of the demonstrators, said, <What has happened to the women of Hebron is a right violation. They are assaulted in their homes at night by Israeli forces. During house raids, Israeli forces tear off the clothes of women and threaten women in front of their children. What has happened in Habron is a serious crime violating all international conventions and resolutions, especially Resolution 1325 issued by the United Nations Security Council.>
'Palestinian women should grow solidarity'
Fawzia Judeh of the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) said they came together to be in solidarity with the women of Hebron. Condemning the crimes committed against women by Israel, she said, <The aim is to destabilize the security of Palestinian women and prevent Palestinian women from having a say in political, social and economic issues. The United Nations must reconsider its relationship with Israel. As Palestinian women, we should grow solidarity because we always pay the price to defend our homeland.>
'Israeli keeps committing crimes'
Human rights activist Zainab Al-Ghunaimi told us that they came together to put pressure on the UN and international community in order to fulfill their responsibilities and hold Israel accountable. She said, <targeting women is a right violation. We demand the implementation of international law. Since Israel goes unpunished for its crimes, it keeps committing crimes against civilians.>
'Women and international organizations should be the voice of Palestinian women'
<Palestinian women are killed, arrested, abused, beaten and prevented from going to hospital,> said Itimad Washah, a member of the Women's Affairs Center. <Women are subjected to strip search in front of their children. We call on women all around the world and international human rights organizations to unite in order to be the voice of Palestinian women. We call on them to support Palestinians so that they will have better living conditions. At any moment, they can lose their homes, children and families.> >>
Read more here, incl. video:

Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 11, 2023 - By DİREN ENGIZEK
<<'Women's organizations should support women living in camps'
Qamishlo- The Center for Research and Protection of Women's Rights has provided legal support to women in the city of Qamishlo, North and East Syria, since it was founded in 2019. NuJINHA spoke to Şirin Çori, director of the center, about the activities of the center.
'We carry out activities to raise awareness about women's rights'
Since its foundation, the center has worked for displaced women living in IDPs camps and documented violations against women in the areas occupied by the Turkish state in North and East Syria. <We document crimes committed against women such as killing, kidnapping and violence. We also organize seminars and workshops to raise awareness about women's rights,> Şirin Çori told NuJINHA. The center opened a branch in Belgium in 2022. <The members of the center are from many cities such as Hasakah, Raqqa, Aleppo and Damascus. We have been carrying out educational activities such as panels and seminars for women and children since the center was founded,> Şirin Çori said.
'We document crimes committed against women'
The center releases an annual report on crimes committed against women. Speaking about the reports of the center, Şirin Çori said, <We document rights violations and crimes committed against women in the areas of North and East Syria occupied by the Turkish state and Turkish-backed factions. Women living in the occupied areas face many problems; they are killed, kidnapped and tortured every day. We have two files on crimes against women in these areas.>
The situation of women living in the camps
Although the center has prepared reports on rights violations against women by armed groups affiliated with the Turkish state and sent them to the Court of International Human Rights, no lawsuit has been filed by the court. The center also prepared a report on the killing of Hevrin Khalaf in 2019, <We sent the report to the court; however, no lawsuit was filed.>
The center especially carries out activities for women living in IDPs camps. <We carry out our activities in the Roj Camp. We have interviewed 240 women in the camp until now. In the camp, there are radical women, who willingly joined ISIS, and the wives of ISIS members. The wives of ISIS members are afraid of the radical women.>
Activities for children
The center works coordinately with several international human rights organizations to support women living in the camps. The center also carries out activities for children in the camps. <We provide psychological support to the children by working coordinately with international children's organizations. We have provided support to 460 children in Roj camp. In the camp, children live in very difficult conditions. They are affected by the radical ideology of their families. We hold seminars on women’s rights. We try to carry out educational activities for both women and children,> said Şirin Çori.
'Women living in the camps should be supported'
Speaking about the plans of the center, Şirin Çori said, <We will keep holding seminars on women’s rights in the camps, tents and villages. We will keep documenting inhuman practices against women and children. We will keep working for the implementation of Resolution 1325 issued by the United Nations Security Council.> In her speech, Şirin Çori also called on the international women’s organizations and human rights organizations to <support women living in camps. Women living in the camps should be supported.> >>
Source incl. video:

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France 24 - The Observers - September 9, 2023
<<Women in As-Suwayda are on the front lines of Syria's anti-Assad protests
Residents of the Syrian city of As-Suwayda have been out in the streets protesting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for the past few weeks. Despite the security risks, women have been on the front lines. We interviewed three women to find out what the protests mean to them.
Protesters in the Syrian town of As-Suwayda have been gathering for the past four weeks in the square they've dubbed Dignity Square, calling for the overthrow of the Syrian regime and the application of UN resolution 2254 - a plan aimed at ending the Syrian conflict that began in 2011 and ensuring a peaceful transfer of power.
These latest protests were sparked by the government's decision on August 15 to end subsidies on petrol, which resulted in a 200 percent increase in prices - an impossible burden for residents. The protesters initially were protesting the increasingly difficult living conditions before starting to openly call for the fall of the Syrian regime. On August 31, 2023, thousands of people participated in a gathering in the town centre, the biggest protest since the start of this movement, according to several of our Observers.
The FRANCE 24 Observers team was able to speak with three protesters who live in As-Suwayda. We are calling one of them Lina (not her real name):
<There were a lot of people there protesting. And, every day, there are new faces. Our participation in these protests is a message that we are sending to the international community. There is a United Nations resolution, resolution 2254. Why hasn't it been enacted? The proof incriminating the regime isn't lacking. This regime killed women and children. It put thousands of people on the road to exile. It even used chemical weapons. The Caesar photographs [Editor's note: a series of photographs of people tortured to death that were leaked by a forensic photographer working with the Syrian army] are there. There is all of this proof. If there isn't a political solution, then people will keep going to the city squares to protest.
Zena (not her real name) lives in As-Suwayda. She's 70 years old.
Women have suffered the most under this unjust regime. Some women have lost their sons in the war. Others can't see their children anymore because they've been forced into exile. And others fear that their children will be arrested by the regime.
Nour (not her real name) is a doctor is As-Suwayda:
<Of course women are there to protest along with the rest of the population. Women have a particularly important role because, before, the Syrian regime was able to accuse protesters of being revolutionaries with radical and religious sentiments. But now that women are participating, it is clear that our revolution is not religious but civilian in nature.>
About 306,000 civilians have died in Syria since the start of the war in 2011, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates that at least 15,039 people have died due to torture at the hands of Syrian regime forces.>>
Read more here: 

Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 8, 2023 - by ASMAA FATHI
<<Women face sexual harassment on streets of Egypt
Cairo- Despite the prison term ranging from two to four years for those who sexually assault women in in public or private places, sexual harassment has long been a prevailing social phenomenon in Egypt. Due to social pressure, most cases go unreported. In this article, several victims of sexual harassment talked about what they faced after they were sexually harassed on the streets of Egypt.
She was afraid of her family
<When I was sexually harassed by a man on the streets, I beat him. However, I did not think of going to report him for fear of my family,> said Hoda Alaa, one of the victims of sexual harassment. Hoda Alaa has been subjected to sexual harassment on the streets many times. <I am not the only women, who is sexually harassed on the streets,> she added. Whenever Hoda Alaa is sexually harassed on the streets, she prefers to and beat the harassers to protect herself instead of reporting the harassers. <For years, I have kept silent. I am a student at Helwan University and sometimes I have to walk in crowded streets to go to university. I am afraid of my family because my family believes that girls and women are sexually harassed because of their actions. Instead of reporting the harassment to police, I take my own rights by beating harassers. If I tell my family I have been sexually harassed on the streets, they will not allow me to go out. I can protect myself but cannot report the harassers.>
'The best way is to expose the harassers'
Mai Adel is another victim of sexual harassment. <One day, a man tried to sexually harass me at Giza Square. I slapped him in the face. When you report harassers to the police, they go unpunished so the best way is to expose the harassers.> Salwa Sayed thinks that women are sexually harassed on the streets because of social acceptance. <Once, a man held my arm although there were many people, including women. They all kept silent without doing anything. My body froze but then I shouted at him and he ran away.> Jannat Fawzi was sexually harassed on a bus on one night of the month of Ramadan. Although she screamed and insisted on the driver to take her to the police station, <However, the driver and the passengers stood by him telling me that he was like my brother and I should not destroy his future. He touched my body; however, it was not considered an attack on my dignity or my feelings. For a week, I could not go out in fear of being sexually harassed again. Our society blames girls and women for being sexually harassed.>
She was beaten by her father
When Salma Jamil's father learned that a man had sexually harassed her, he beat her. <I was on my way to university when a man verbally assaulted me. One of passerby told my father that a man had sexually harassed me. Before I was afraid of reporting the harassers to the police but now I am not afraid. I will never forget and forgive my father for beating me.> Egyptian law punishes physical harassment with up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 100,000 EGP. The penalty for verbal harassment is a fine of up to 10,000 EGP, up to one year in prison, or both. The penalty is doubled if the victim is a minor and triple if the offender is a public servant. <Despite the law, women and girls are still subjected to harassment,> said lawyer Hiam Al-Janaini, calling on victims of sexual harassment to, <report harassers to police without fear.> >>
Source incl. video:
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: This is what I wrote in my latest newsletter about this: - The 'Perpetrators exposed' section falls away. In my opinion all who should pay attention to this problem, West-European feminists; ngo's; police; judiciary and others, have and cruelly simply lost interest in really tackling this problem and why should I be the caller in the desert? Sorry but I know my mother, who deseased with grief, is forgiving me, knowing that I continue calling ....

Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 7, 2023 - by BAHARİN LEHİB
<<Support for Afghan women on hunger strike in Germany
Kabul- 10 Afghan women activists, including Tamana Zaryab Paryani, have staged a hunger strike in Cologne, Germany, to protest the restrictions imposed on women and girls by the Taliban in Afghanistan and to be in solidarity with the women in Afghanistan. In an interview with NuJINHA, an Afghan woman namely K.M. commented on the hunger strike launched by Afghan women in Cologne and said, <We support the hunger strike staged by Tamana and her friends. As women in Afghanistan, we thank Tamana not to sit quietly like other women abroad.> Tamana Zaryab Paryani, an Afghan journalist and women rights activist known for her protests against Taliban rule in Afghanistan, was detained at her apartment in Kabul in January 2022. She was abused, tortured, and interrogated for three weeks along with her three younger sisters.>>

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