Narges Mohammadi, a renowned women’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is standing as a symbol of resilience and hope in the “Woman, Life, Freedom” uprising in Iran. In a message clandestinely transmitted from her Tehran cell and published on the official Nobel website. Mohammadi shared her unwavering commitment to the cause, despite enduring significant personal hardships.
Narges is 51-year-old activist and journalist. She has been arrested 13 times and sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison along with 154 lashes. She has been imprisoned once again since 2021. In her message, eloquently read in French by her daughter, Kiana Rahmani. She expressed profound gratitude to the Norwegian Nobel Committee for their support.
The “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement has gained momentum in Iran. As women boldly discard traditional head coverings, cut their hair, and take to the streets in protest. The movement was sparked by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who was arrested in Tehran for violating strict Islamic dress codes.
Armita Garawand- Brain dead
Tragically, the movement witnessed another somber incident with the recent passing of 17-year-old ethnic Kurd, Armita Garawand, who was declared “brain dead” following a hospitalization that began on October 1. Rights groups allege that she sustained critical injuries during an encounter with female members of Iran’s morality police, but authorities dispute this claim, asserting that she suddenly fell ill.
In her smuggled message, Narges Mohammadi emphasized the people’s demands for democracy, freedom, human rights, and equality in Iran. While expressing the view that the Islamic Republic stands as a significant obstacle to these national aspirations. She underscored the determination of the Iranian people to transition away from religious authoritarianism through non-violent means, calling it an “unstoppable process” aimed at restoring the nation’s honor, human dignity, and the pride of its people.
Narges Mohammadi concluded her message with a resolute statement: “Victory is not easy, but it is certain.” The means by which her message was smuggled out of prison remains undisclosed, but it continues to be a source of inspiration for those involved in the struggle for women’s rights and freedom in Iran.