Banner Image: A portrait of Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian woman who died in custody after a violent arrest by Iran's "morality" police. (Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images)
2X YOUR IMPACT FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN IRAN
As the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death in detention approaches, stand in solidarity with women and girls in Iran.
September 16 marks the 1st anniversary of the death in detention of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Her violent arrest by Iran’s “morality” police sparked an unprecedented popular uprising. The crackdown was swift and brutal: hundreds of protesters were killed, thousands injured, and over 20,000 arrested.
Women and girls are leading the call for change in Iran. They are challenging decades of gender-based discrimination and violence. That makes them targets for arrest and retaliation.
Nearly a year later, Iran is doubling down on enforcing discriminatory and degrading compulsory veiling laws that severely impact the human rights of women and girls. The crackdown also puts them under mass surveillance.
$100,000 MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE
Amnesty International has received an initial pledge of $1 million from our long-time supporters, Alice and Grant Burton, who have challenged us to match their extraordinary gift and double its impact. They wish to assist Amnesty International in always being ready to respond to human rights crises and requests for help when they arise.
100% of your donation to this special fund will go to human rights work. Amnesty supporters have helped us raise almost $600,000 in donations. We hope to secure another $100,000 in gifts to the Burton Human Rights Impact Fund by September 16, 2023, to have these funds matched by the Burtons and to continue supporting crucial human rights work in Iran.
VITAL NEW FUNDING FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN IRAN
Your funding would provide valuable support for women and girls in Iran who are:
killed, injured and arrested for protesting
poisoned while attending school
facing mass surveillance
expelled from universities
barred from sitting final exams
denied access to banking services and public transport
WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM.
Iranian authorities are desperately trying to reassert their dominance and power over those who dared to stand up against decades of oppression and inequality during the 'Woman. Life. Freedom.' uprising.
The past months have seen a surge in executions and use other the death penalty as a tool of political repression. Instead of opening criminal investigations into unlawful killings during protests, Iranian authorities have destroyed evidence and persecuted survivors and victims’ relatives who called out for truth, justice, and reparation.