A revolution in the making in Iran?

On Monday 28 November, starting at 1.30 pm, the Kurdish Institute will organize a conference in a committee room of the Flemish Parliament in Brussels. More concrete in the Antoon Van Dyck room; you will receive the access address from us after registration (see below).

Subject: The Conference focusses on the protest actions in Iran, and more in particular on the sloganJin – Jiyan – Azadi” (“Woman, Life, Freedom”); is there a revolution in the making in Iran? Which makes our title for the Conference.

Content: The slogan “Jin – Jiyan – Azadi” has its origins in the Kurdish freedom movement and women’s movement. A result of decades of efforts and protest by Kurdish women in one of the most economically deprived regions of Iran, the Kurdish provinces.

The murder of Kurdish Mahsa (Jina) Amini by Iran’s vice squad has sparked the protests. But of course, there seems to be more to it! These protest actions in the streets of Iran are massive – and for the first time – clearly aimed against the Islamic and dictatorial regime.

During this conference, our objective is not only to talk about the origin and meaning of the slogan, but obviously also about the importance of the political project that has arisen from it.


It is logical that the Kurdish Institute invites 2 politicians of Iranian descent for this.

  • Short introduction by Flemish Member of Parliament Karl Vanlouwe.
  • Federal Member of Parliament, Darya Safai, provides her knowledge of the current situation in Iran and her political interpretation of the protests. Ms Safai is of Iranian descent.
  • Amineh Kakabaveh, the Iranian-Kurdish politician who was an independent MP in Sweden until recently, will discuss the origin of the slogan Jin – Jiyan – Azadi, and how this slogan gradually gained its popularity during the protests. Ms Kakabaveh will also provide her interpretation on the importance of these protests. Is there a political project (a turnaround) arising from these protests? If so, what can be expected in Iran (and even outside its borders)?
  • Fatemeh Karimi is director of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network. A France-based independent, non-profit and non-partisan organisation promoting human rights and documentation of violations in Iran’s Kurdish region.

REGISTRATION in advance is mandatory to gain access to the buildings of the Flemish Parliament. If you wish to participate, please send a short message to the following email address: [email protected]  We will then include you in our registration list and you will receive a confirmation with the exact address to enter the Flemish Parliament.