Unveiling Feminist Strike: The Case of "Woman, Life, Freedom" in Iran


  • Shirin Assa Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies


feminist strike, woman life freedom, unveiling, veiling, femicide machine, Iran


In the wake of the death of Jina (Mahsa) Amini, a powerful image emerged: women in Iran defiantly casting aside their hijabs and rallying under the slogan of “Woman, Life, Freedom.” This paper explores and reflects upon what I call following Verónica Gago, a feminist strike in Iran that organizes disorderly and cross-sectoral withdrawals of women from structures that exploit and assault them and restores their bargaining power and agency. Through the analytical perspective of intersectionality, this paper inquires into how the political underpinnings of the gendered apparatus in the Islamic regime of Iran have propelled the imagination of a common body among the diverse array of women. Further, it scrutinizes how the #WomanLifeFreedom uprising unveils a feminist strike and what it entails. This paper aims to show how the feminist strike in Iran expands the notion of strike as a tool against the conditions of work and showcases its all-encompassing basis against living conditions and restrictions on freedom.


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Author Biography

Shirin Assa, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies

Shirin Assa, a PhD candidate at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, delves into the intricacies of resistance dynamics. Her research spans colonial and national histories, postcolonial and feminist resistance, as well as (transnational) social movements in Southwest Asia and North Africa, along with their respective diasporas. Her work examines the relations of power and relationality of belonging at the crossroads of race, religion, nation-state, gender, and sexuality.


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