Staying Such a Woman
Staying Such a Woman
This collection is representative of women in Iran, who are constantly trying to make the new transformation to keep women's identity alive, regardless of gender, along with the environmental and virtual changes of women and reduction of the attitudes of misogyny and patriarchy in society.
By Mahya Rastegar
Sayeh Sodeyfi: "Sayeh" is a singer. She believes that the voice of women is buried in Iran. Sayeh is a female singer. She expresses her feelings through singing. She hopes for a day when singing for women will be legal in Iran and no voices will be buried anymore.
Maboobeh Adeli : "Mahboubeh" is a woman who has studied at the Seminary. She occasionally goes to the village around her residence and teaches the Quran to the women of that village and the English language to their children.
Mahboobeh is designing for an Islamic ceremony. Mahboubeh is a seminary graduate. She visited martyrs’ tombs with her friends, believing in the assistance of the martyrs’ soul for channeling the help of God.

Delicate bodies and frail organs with great spirits and ambitious dreams are the coordinates of women of the land on which they are still faced with a fundamental question: "Is being a woman an opportunity or a threat?" Every woman in the world, regardless of her class, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, and religion, has more in common with any other woman than any man. "Misogyny" and "patriarchy" are the major barriers against the development of knowledge and the advancement of women in society. Woman plays the main role in her complex life story. This complexity begins when every woman faces a break in her life. A break such as a divorce which is the beginning of a new life to build, or cancer which can make the word "hope" more meaningful in life. A break is actually a beginning, and woman is the symbol of "germination", a fundamental growth that is necessary in every society.

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November 2019