A visual three-year perspective of Iran's Women's Movement

"The emerging voices" that Hamed Shahidan wrote about in his 2004 book "Women in Iran: Emerging Voices in the Women's Movement," soon celebrated the "official birth" of their movement in a rally on June 12, 2005 in front of Tehran University, according to Ziba Mir-Hosseini. But this rally was not just a once-in-a-lifetime event. Since March 8, 2003, Iranian feminist activists have held several rallies and demonstrations, from publicly celebrating International Women's Day, to protests against discriminatory laws in the constitution, or rallies for entering soccer stadiums that are banned for women. These protests are often marred with law enforcement violence, public beatings and arrests.

June 12, 2006- Tehran

The images you see here are taken by brave freelance photographers who never found a chance to publish their photos of these protests in mainstream media.