Thursday, 1 April 2010

Shruti's message of solidarity

I would like to share my solidarity with you and the women's movement of Iran. I am a women's rights activist from India where I am working in collaboration with the police department to establish single window redressal mechanisms for the women survivors of violence.

Here is a poem by one of the celebrated poets from Pakistan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz which captures our women's struggles beautifully:


Speak, your lips are free.
Speak, it is your own tongue.
Speak, it is your own body.
Speak, your life is still yours.

See how in the blacksmith's shop
The flame burns wild, the iron glows red;
The locks open their jaws,
And every chain begins to break.

Speak, this brief hour is long enough
Before the death of body and tongue:
Speak, 'cause the truth is not dead yet,
Speak, speak, whatever you must speak.

In solidarity

Shruti Upadhyay

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