Civil society perspectives, the regional dimension and required EU action.
Over the last six months, protests over the killing of a woman in police custody transformed into the most widespread revolt in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Protests are feminist in their demands and way of organizing. Under the – originally Kurdish – slogan of “Women, Life, Freedom”, people are demanding fundamental political change and the full realization of human and women’s rights. Protests take place amidst a precarious socio-economic situation which both stabilizes the regime and adds to the protesters’ grievances. And even though street protests have ebbed in number for the moment, the unmet grievances are like ember to be reignited anytime. There is no way back to the status quo ante.