Solidarity with the Feminist Revolution in Iran

Joint Statement of the Arts-Based Universities of Berlin

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, 2022, the Women's* and Equal Opportunity Councils and administrations of the four arts-based universities in Berlin jointly declare their solidarity with the feminist revolution in Iran and stand up for equal rights, self-determination, and freedom.

November 25 is the annual global day of commemoration and action to combat discrimination and violence of all forms against women* and girls.

The Women* and Equality Councils of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (KHB), the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin (HfM) and The Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts (HfS), together with their university administrations, stand up for women 's* rights and human rights in Iran, in Germany and everywhere.

Universities in Iran have become centers of resistance against the Iranian leadership. In response to the death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Iran's so-called “morality police”, students began striking at universities in early October. Since then, the protests have spread to nearly all Iranian universities and have resulted in arrests, torture, and killings of demonstrators by regime forces and university closures, according to published reports.

                    “We condemn the violence that demonstrators in Iran are facing and stand in solidarity with all people who have been taking to the streets for their rights in the uprising led by courageous women* for over two months across the country. We support all those protesting against human rights violations and decades of political oppression, risking arrest and death or suffering atrocities in prisons on a daily basis. Together, we declare our solidarity with the feminist revolution in Iran and stand up for equality, self-determination, and freedom. We support Iranian and Iranian-diasporic students and staff at our universities and express our solidarity and compassion with them and their families.”

The Women's* and Equality Advisory Councils and university administrations of the 
Universität der Künste Berlin
Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch Berlin

*Including all those who identify as women