IPPF Statement, Tuesday 10th October 2022
On Tuesday, 20th September 2022, Iranian “morality” police detained 22-year-old Mahsa “Jhina” Amini outside a metro station in Tehran for apparently “violating” the mandatory hijab laws that have been in place since Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1983.
On Friday, 23rd September, just three days after being taken into police custody, Amini died in the intensive care unit of an Iranian hospital.
Sonal Mehta, South Asia Regional Director at International Planned Parenthood Federation, said:
“We are pained by the tragic death of young Masha Amini and offer our condolences to her loved ones. We stand in solidarity with thousands of women in Iran, risking their lives on the streets, demanding a fair probe and equal rights. Controlling a woman’s economic, sexual, reproductive, political, or cultural choice is a form of gender-based violence.
The fight for a world free from discrimination is far from over. The continued assault on women’s right to freedom of expression, religion, privacy, travel, education, and much more is just one part of the broader attack on gender equality that we are seeing gaining ground across the globe.”
About the International Planned Parenthood Federation
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global service provider and advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
For over 65 years, IPPF through its 118 Member Associations and 15 partners, has delivered high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare and helped advance sexual rights, especially for people with intersectional and diverse needs that are currently unmet. Our Member Associations and partners are independent organizations that are locally owned, which means the support and care they provide is informed by local expertise and context.
We advocate for a world where people are provided with the information, they need to make informed decisions about their sexual health and bodies. We stand up and fight for sexual and reproductive rights, and against those who seek to deny people their human right to bodily autonomy and freedom. We deliver care that is rooted in rights, respect, and dignity - no matter what.