Samaneh Roghani - For the silenced, For the forgotten
Fear is a feeling that I have lived with ever since I learned my rights as a human. And understood that achieving them is a struggle. For us as citizens, and for me as woman, who live where these rights can't be taken for granted.
Fear of being violently suppressed, or ending up in prison like countless others in this struggle. A struggle that even can lead to death.
Fear is a way to rule for totalitarian regimes. Execution is an important method for silencing both the subject, and also many others by the fear it creates.
Women and men put their lives at risk in striving for peace and justice that we all seek everywhere in the world.
In the country where I come from there are many women behind bars, in bad conditions, or disappeared. Women who defended and fought for my and other women's rights. Rights that the regime took, from women that they now fear.
I want to be a voice for those who are fighting against injustices, and have been imprisoned just for demanding their rights.
For those who never came out of the dark prisons.
For those whose eyes never got the chance to open to the light again.
For those who never give up, end up in prison, but keep the hope of getting out to see the fruits of their labour.