"USA beh Farsi" reports:
Within the context of the Munich Security Conference, February 2019, our IWP chairwoman Hourvash Pourkian was invited to the roundtable joined by Brian Hook, former US Special Representative for Iran .
Monday March 1st, 2021
Monday, 08 March 2021 | 15:00 to 17:00 in Hamburg in front of the Blue Mosque, Schöne Aussicht 36, 22085 Hamburg
Dear press representatives,
Dear members of the press,
The International Women in Power (IWP) initiative organizes for the occasion of International Women's Day on Monday, March 8, 2021, to demonstration with Hamburg citizens.
Enclosed you will find our press invitation as well as an accreditation for this in front of the Blue Mosque on the Alster. We HamburgInnen demonstrate this year under the motto: "Women's rights instead of Sharia injustice".
Calling for an end to violence against women in the name of Islam and its traditions. From our press release you can see that the plans for the implementation of the misogynistic laws of Sharia in Iran were forged here in Hamburg. In 1978, the Iranian mosque community was transformed into the Islamic Center of Hamburg. Leading rulers of the mullahs' regime later repeatedly ruled Iran from this mosque.
This is one of the reasons for choosing this mosque as the site for the demonstration against Islamic oppression of women, such as that practiced in Iran. Please confirm your participation on the enclosed accreditation form by Friday, 05 March 2021. We look forward to your participation as well as your coverage of our demonstration on 08 March 2021.
With best regards,
Hourvash Pourkian and IWP Team
Wednesday October 21, 2020
"Gladiator: The red-green senate must finally come to its senses and immediately end the cooperation with the IZH"
"Dennis Gladiator, domestic policy spokesman for the CDU parliamentary group, explains:" The cooperation with the IZH must be ended immediately and the state treaty with the SCHURA suspended immediately "
"Dispute over Iranian mosque. Greens have trouble with mullahs"
The Taz reports on the internal party conflict of the Hamburg Greens, by Gernot Knödler .
The Hamburg Parliamentary Member Dr. Gudrun Schittek, who spoke at our demo on the Open Mosque Day, is interviewed. Miss Dr. Schittek confirms her statements from the demo against the IZH. In return, Jennifer Jasberg, the parliamentary leader of the Hamburg Greens, distanced herself from Schittek's statements.
"Connection to the regime in Tehran? Hamburg should ban Islamic center"
The Hamburger Morgenpost reports on the study by the Amreican Jewish Comitee (AJC). The AJC encourages the Hamburg Senate to close the IZH.
Study by the American Jewish Comitee
"Anti-Semitic, Anti-Democratic, Islamist - The" Islamic Center Hamburg "and Shiite Networks in Germany" by Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter.
Sunday October 11, 2020
In response to Ibrahim Naber's article, Michel Friedmann discussed the Islamic Center Hamburg with Konstantin von Notz (Member of the Bundestag Büdnis 90 / Die Grünen).
Sunday October 04, 2020
Central Council of Ex-Muslims
A report on the rally against the Islamic Center Hamburg on October 3rd, 2020. Some insights, videos, photos and original sounds from the speeches.
Sunday October 04,
The Jerusalem Post
"150 People protest for closure of Khamenei-controlled center in Germany."
The Jerusalem Post reports on the demonstration against the IZH on Saturday, October 3, 2020.
Article by Benjamin Weinthal.
You can find a German translation here. Mena-watch.com, the independent Middle East think tank. Translation by Alexander Gruber.
Saturday October 03,
NDR Nachrichten on Saturday, October 3rd. An impression of the demonstration against the IZH.
"150 people demonstrate in front of the Blue Mosque"
Saturday October 03,
An article by Astrid Manthey on the occasion of the demonstration against the IZH on Saturday 03rd October 2020.
Saturday October 03,
A blog post by Susanne Baumstark on the occasion of the
demonstration against the IZH on Saturday 03 October 2020.
"Enemies are the fundamentalists"
Statement on our demo against the IZH on Saturday 03 October 2020 from Dr. Christoph Ploß MdB ( regional chairman of the CDU Hamburg).
Statement on our demo against the IZH on Saturday 03 October 2020 from
Christoph de Vries MdB (CDU Hamburg-Mitte).
Tuesday September 29, 2020
"Rally against the Islamic Center Hamburg"
The Central Council of Ex-Muslims is promoting our demonstration against the IZH on Saturday, October 03, 2020.
"SPD holds on to controversial Iran mosque"
Ibrahim Naber ( Freelancer World Investigation and Reportage) reports on the IZH.
Video from the event INITIATIVE AT THE BASIS & IWP: Totalitarian Structures Iran, Islam. Speaker Hourvash Pourkian IWP, produced by Rebecca Sommer © Sommerfilms, February 2020 .
200,000 people at the CSD in Hamburg!
The Hamburg-Journal reports from CSD Hamburg and makes explicit reference to our call for more rights and protection of homosexuals in Iran.
Saturday August 03,
Monday March 11, 2019
Migrants want to demonstrate under the motto "equal, self-determined, free"
Wednesday March 06, 2019
Hamburg-based Iranian reports:
"With a red dress in the park? The guards of virtue came immediately."
Wednesday March 06, 2019
Against the oppression of women
The Hamburger Morgenpost reports on the press conference on Friday, March 1st, 2019, which IWP held on the occasion of the announcement of the upcoming migrant march, one week before International Women's Day.
Saturday March 02, 2019
taz on the weekend
International Women's Day theme
"Religion is something private"
Hourvash Pourkian initiates a protest march on Women's Day. She talks about the dispute when a number of groups distanced themselves from their demo in 2017 - and about new demands.
Weekend March 2-3, 2019
Friday March01, 2019
Migrant women: "Rejection of violence"
A very detailed article by Susanne Baumstark about the press conference on the Migrant Women March 2019 on March 1st, 2019.
Hamburg, Friday, March 8th, 2019 | 3 p.m. | Start: Gänsemarkt
Protest march: Migrant women demonstrate in Hamburg against the oppression of women and girls
Our motto: "Equal, self-determined, free" for the rights of women
With this march we demand:
We say NO
In 2018, the #MeToo debate about sexism and sexual violence against women also reached its peak in Germany. In 2019, growing misogyny is more of an issue than ever. On the occasion of International Women's Day, International Women in Power (IWP), together with the initiative at the grassroots level, in cooperation with the Hamburg Alliance, calls for an international March 8 strike . We stand up for the rights of women in Germany and in countries where women are worthless. We show our solidarity in particular with women and girls who suffer from the knuckle of Islamic Sharia
For decades we have been watching with great concern the dwindling freedom of women and girls in the Islamic world, but increasingly also in Europe. While here in Germany the headscarf is celebrated as a symbol of feminine self-determination, activists who take to the streets in Iran without a headscarf end up in prison. So also the prominent lawyer Nasrin Sotudeh, who was arrested in June 2018 for defending three women's rights activists. That is why we also support Terre des Femmes eV's petition "Keeping your head free" during our march, which advocates a ban on children's headscarves in Germany. But not only women, children too are the ones to suffer. In Iran, many of the 7 million street children are abused for the drug trade and are often raped.
The "Women and Migrants March" campaign was a big topic in the regional and national press. The march was widely announced in public, so that many fellow demonstrators were expected. As it was supposed to be the first Hamburg women and migrant march, the media for the first time expressed positive criticism. A few days before the event, the controversial topic of "wearing a headscarf" sparked a heated discussion with the consequence that some of the co-exhibitors withdrew their participation and negative criticism was expressed in the media.
We would like to share some articles with you and get your opinion on them
EMMA (The Political Magazine for People) is associated with the term emancipation and has been a model of feminism since its first issue.
Both articles about the march and about the organizer, Ms. Hourvash Pourkian, illustrate that, despite the boycott, on the one hand it was a successful and happy protest march . On the other hand, Ms. Pourkian continued to show a lot of courage and indicated freedom of expression with regard to the controversial topic of "wearing the headscarf".
Wednesday June 28, 2017
Some organizations have distanced themselves from the event with the statement, but the action was a successful march as a sign of more solidarity and against misogyny. The Kulturbrücke Hamburg eV was strengthened by this march, so that it will continue to campaign for it.
Sunday May 14, 2017
Monday May 08, Friday May 12, 2017
The Hamburger Abendblatt
The first article about the "Women and Migrants March" appeared in the Hamburger Abendblatt.
In addition, another article, including about the speech by Dr. Necla Kelek, although she spontaneously gave her speech at the event.
Rede von Güler Akter Ulas, Bundesverband der Migrantinnen, anlässlich der Demonstration am Gänsemarkt, am 24.03.2021.
Kritisiert wird der Austritt der Türkei aus der Istanbuler Konvention, gleichzeitig macht sich der Migrantinnenverband stark für die Wahrung der Rechte der Frauen.