Shadi Sadr is an Iranian women’s rights activist; but just what is a women’s rights activist ?
For some of us in the West, the label may conjure up images of militant, bra-burning, feminazi, sexists fighting for some kind of Amazoness Utopia; but in some parts of the world, including many Islamic communities, she is a brave angel of mercy fighting for basic human rights, sometimes for women’s very right to live.
Shadi Sadr is one of the angelic activists, at least when seen through the eyes of anyone other than a religiously empowered misogynist. She is an Iranian woman who writes columns, leads demonstrations, counsels and consoles victims, and challenges cases in court. She is a lawyer with a degree from the University of Tehran and a wife with one daughter. She champions women accused of moral crimes and her passion is to end capital punishment, beginning with the elimination of all executions by stoning.
At this writing Shadi Sadr is being confined for alleged anti-social activities.
Death by stoning, Sadr’s paramount human rights issue, is shockingly presented in the new film, The Stoning of Soraya M., directed by Iranian-American Cyrus Nowrasteh and based on a 1994 book by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam. (Click here for Stephen Holden’s review at the New York Times)
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