Gender-Based Violence and War on Iraq; Support Houzan
Today March 8th is International Working Women’s Day. A day originally proposed by Clara Zetkin. It is vital now to show support for Iraqi socialist and women’s rights activist Houzan Mahmoud, representative abroad of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, who has been threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. On February 26, 2007, Houzan received an e-mail signed by Ansar al-Islam, the notoriously brutal jihadist group based in Kurdistan/Iraq.
The death threat, delivered via e-mail, read: “With the permission of Great God, we will kill you either in Iraq or in London by the middle of March, because you are campaigning against Islam. You should be sent to God for punishment.”
Houzan Mahmoud, aged 34, who is currently based in London, is originally from Iraqi Kurdistan, where she recently led a campaign against the imposition of Islamic Sharia law in the proposed constitution. Houzan is resolved to persist in her work, despite being targeted by Ansar al-Islam.
Houzan says: “I will continue doing what I am doing now, going around the world cultivating support for women in Iraq and Kurdistan as well as exposing the violence and gender apartheid that Islamists are imposing on millions of women in the region.”
Comrade Houzan needs our support. Show solidarity by contacting her.
Houzan Mahmoud of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq spoke on Democracy Now about the new report which documents the systematic use of violence committed by Islamist militias against Iraqi women. Methods of violence include widespread honor killings, torture, assassination and rape.
This message was sent to Michael Zweig from United University Professions, AFT Local 2190. Brother Zweig, through the Center for the Study of Working Class Life, which he directs at SUNY-Stony Brook, organized a speaking opportunity for Sister Mahmoud in NYC on March 5.