This June marks 40 years since the tragic execution of 10 Baha’i women in Shiraz for choosing to stand up for their beliefs in justice and equality. Their story continues to echo in the resilient women of Iran who walk the same path, make the same choice. The difficult road to gender equality in Iran has been shared by countless women of all faiths and backgrounds. Our story of resilience in the face of oppression is #OurStoryIsOne

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Vafa Samiei – YARAN

May 14 marks the 8th anniversary of imprisonment of the 7 Baha’is in Iran. I dedicate this song to Yaran and call for their immediate release

The seven Baha’i leaders who were initially sentenced to 20 years imprisonment have long served both Iranian society and the Baha’i community. They were arrested on 14 May 2008 at their homes in Tehran.
The seven formed the entire membership of the now-disbanded group known as the “Yaran” or “Friends in Iran,” tending to the spiritual and social needs of the 300,000-member Baha’i community of that country.