Kurdish women's office Cenî e.V. says murder of Jina Mahsa Amini in Tehran is state femicide

The Kurdish women's office Cenî e.V. describes the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini in Tehran as state femicide and explains what the slogan "Jin Jiyan Azadî" (woman life freedom), that has become popular through the uprisings in Iran, stands for.

The Kurdish women's office Cenî e.V., based in Berlin, condemned the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini by the Iranian regime’s so-called “morality police” in Tehran. The 22-year-old Kurdish woman was arrested in Tehran on September 13 on the pretext that she was not wearing her headscarf properly and died three days later in a hospital as a result of severe violence. Cenî describes the murder as state femicide, "representing the strategy of the fascist Iranian state to force women into complete enslavement and all-encompassing submission. Humiliation, kidnapping, arrest, rape, murder of women is on the agenda of the Iranian regime.”

The escalation of the patriarchal system is “also a response of Iran to the growing revolutionary potential in Kurdistan as well as the people and especially women of Iran.”

The murder of Jina Amini was intended to set an example

“The violent murder of Jina Amini was intended to set an example, a message from fascism to the women of Rojhilat to submit, not to resist, to quench their fire.

However, the morality police do the exact opposite. The slogan of the Free Woman – Jin Jiyan Azadî! – has been echoing through the cities for days. Women across Rojhilat have risen up and are setting fire to the streets and Islamic fascism. The protests have spread from Jina's birthplace Seqiz via Tehran to the whole world. Women rise up in international, revolutionary solidarity against the existing system, which has manifested 5000 years of patriarchy in itself," said the Kurdish women's office Cenî.

What does the slogan "Jin Jiyan Azadî" stand for?

In the statement, Cenî e.V. also explained what the slogan "Jin Jiyan Azadî" (woman life freedom) stands for: "Jin Jiyan Azadi! Three words that stand for the revolution of women like nothing else and unite them in their fire.  Why do these words guide the fight?

Jin: Women in Rojhilat and around the world cut their hair in protest, burn their headscarves on the street, set the fascist regime institutions on fire with Molotov cocktails. To be a woman under the Iranian regime means to be a woman who associates nothing but oppression and submission with her identity as a woman. To be a woman means to be owned. But now it turns out that the epoch of fear is over and women are counterattacking. Attack means defense. Defense means life.

Jiyan: The defense of life is led by the woman who has defended, protected and passed on life for 5,000 years of enslavement. The defense of life being destroyed by fascism, colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy. Since the murder of Jina Amini, the Iranian state has killed 78 people during the protests, including children and mostly young women. This shows that women who defend themselves terrify the state, whose only answer to resistance is murder. The women who fight, risk their lives and have even been murdered in these protests show us the strength we can develop in united defense.

Azadî: The woman's revolution, the defense of life, which leads to freedom. The uprisings in Rojhilat are an outbreak of what has been dormant in hearts for ages. With the murder of Jina Amini, they allowed the fire to break out instead of putting it out. Today, when 'Jin Jiyan Azadî' resounds in the streets and women gather on the streets in solidarity all over the world, it is another common step of the revolution. By transforming the pain and anger from mere emotion into a revolutionary force that drives us forward, we keep these uprisings alive forever. The burn that we have already inflicted on the fascist and patriarchal system, we let it grow until it finally burns inside! With the fire of life, we ​​set the patriarchy on fire! Jin Jiyan Azadi!”