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Student-Led Fundraiser and Educational Resources for Iran

Brebeuf Jesuit student Layla McCanna '25 is raising awareness about the protests and violence occurring in Iran. Please see her appeal below, and explore the donation links and resources she provided to learn more. 

Can you imagine being murdered for not wearing a head scarf correctly, or being put in prison or being shot and killed for protesting for your basic human rights? According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency, in Iran, at least 488 people, including 63 minors and at least 26 women, have been killed, though widespread internet blackouts have made it difficult to confirm fatalities. Hundreds of people have been injured, and, according to the activist group, more than 18,200 have been detained.

Back in September, a woman named Mahsa Amini was arrested because of her “improper hijab” while on vacation with her family. Her family believes she was beaten by police after being arrested but received no explanation. She later died in police custody. This sparked nationwide protests in the streets of Iran revolting against the mandatory dress code that requires women, regardless of religious affiliation, to conceal their hair and necks with headscarves. Women have been seen burning their headscarves in protest, and some have even cut their own hair to fight for “Women, life and liberty.” However, these protests have been met with unimaginable violence. It is estimated that 400 protestors have been killed by Iranian forces, and according to The New York Times, the average age of protesters is just 15 years old.

In October, a group of college students were stopped by police with tear gas, paintball guns, and nonlethal steel-pellet guns. Iranian officials confirmed they were detaining student protesters in mental-health institutions to “reform them.” On top of all of that, anyone involved in the protest is arrested, some being sentenced the death penalty.

This is a revolution for the people of Iran, but fortunately, there are ways that you can help show support for them. You may learn more at the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) (donate here), or at the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (donate here). These organizations work with the local communities and research the human rights violations to make sure they are being reported and shared to spread more awareness. They also make sure to put out accurate information for people to see. If you are not able to donate, you can still contribute by signing Amnesty International’s ongoing petition. Any form of support is greatly appreciated, whether that is donating, signing the petition or just telling your friends and family about the issue so that Iranian people's voices are heard.

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