While the women’s wing of Evin prison continues to fill up with feminist activists such as Saba Kord Afshari, journalists like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratfliffe and lawyers like Sotoudeh, feminists refuse to back down. They fight overtly, refusing to be silenced. Many of the feminists in Iran talk about experiencing a “triple bind”: simultaneously fighting the state, their religions and themselves—all as informed by patriarchy.
In the wake of the U.S. decision to kill Iran’s most powerful military leader, Qassem Suleimani, feminist groups are now facing a larger threat than ever before. This move threatens to undo a decades long feminist struggle.