Or that in some countries, such as Iran, you can be imprisoned for trying to watch men’s sport matches?
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Tower Hamlets and City Amnesty group nestled in Shoreditch and invited passers-by to learn what kind of acts are women punished by imprisonment for in other countries. Each of those scenarios we, in the UK, consider to be acceptable. We also asked members of the public to hold a sign, noting one of the 'crimes' those women committed, whilst standing behind prison bars for a quick photo.
We experienced a high turnover of interested pedestrians, including some special visitors: Elaine Bagshaw and Teena Lashmore from the Liberal Democrats in Tower Hamlets. By posing in our ‘Women’s prison’ and tweeting the photos, they helped us raise awareness of those sad cases.
Beside the photo action, people could sign our petition for a young, imprisoned Iranian painter, who had been on hunger strike protesting the violence and injustice she faced. With a nice bunch of signatures, we’ve sent the petitions to the Iranian authorities.
To sum up, with our simple action, we managed to approach many people and engage them in our action, while making them think about how basic rights of women in other countries are cruelly violated.
Please join us in taking action for this Iranian woman, who in the meantime, has stopped the hunger strike, but her health is still very poor and she is still in jail for exercising her right to freedom of expression.
|Elaine Bagshaw from the Liberal Democrats of Tower Hamlets|
|Teena Lashmore from the Liberal Democrats of Tower Hamlets|