Nope this is not a party for transvestites—these are proud men standing up for women’s rights! Read on for more of the story.
‘Kurd Men for Equality’
In Iran, Kurdish men are sending a very clear message via a Facebook campaign that being a woman is nothing to be ashamed of. The trigger for the “Kurd Men for Equality” campaign is a judge’s ruling of a man convicted of domestic abuse. His punishment was to adorn women’s clothing so that he will be “humiliated publicly”. The convicted reportedly donned a hijab and a red dress and was escorted through the streets.
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What message was the judge sending to the people? That women are lowly and being one is degrading? Being a women is a shame to society? How was this punishment for abusing a woman appropriate or adequate?
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For the love of women
Here are some profound and touching quotes from Kurdish men who were part of the protest:
Pedram Penhan: Hoping for the day that sexuality, gender will not be a way of evaluating humanity.
Ala M: For many years, women in my country have been side-by-side with men, wearing men’s clothes, struggling. Tonight I am happy and honoured to wear women’s clothes and be even a small part of the rightful struggle of people to express gratitude and excellence to the women of my country.
Namo Kurdistani: …We should gather together and condemn this stupidity, brutality and inhumanity against women. This is the least I can do to support women.
Unknown man in a submitted photo writes: Disgracing Kurdish women is disgracing an international community. Women are mothers, sisters, and life partners.
Saro Biro Marivan: Being a woman is not a tool to humiliate or punish anyone
Kudos to Kurdish men in their attempt to break down gender barriers!
Watch the video for more of the movement!