Category Archives: Special Women Around Us

It’s not only a man’s world!

Honoring Women’s History Month…sorry a little late but not forgotten!

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

March is Women’s History Month which is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.

Me, SoSaLa and DooBeeDooBeeDoo join in paying tribute to the generations of women in this country and around the world whose commitment to women rights and social issues have proved invaluable to their respective societies.

My band SoSaLa dedicated this song to all theses great female activists in my home country Iran, in this country and around the world: NU PERSIAN FLAMENCO Continue reading

Special women around us: “Finding Your Own Voice” Poet-activist Jayne Cortez, dies at 78.

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Jayne Cortez  was an African-American poet, spoken-word performance artist and activist of the Black Arts Movement. Yes, this great woman passed away in New York on December 28, 2012. I met her once at Ornette Coleman‘s birthday party last year. At that time I didn’t know much about her legacy. Yes, I knew she was my mentor’s ex wife. And I knew that Denardo Coleman was their son. And I knew he had been playing the drums in her band. Sorry that’s all what I knew about her.

But her death told me more about her…what she has been about for the last 78 years. Death has the power to bring people together. Death doesn’t mean that it kills a human life. No, on the contrary, death can give birth to life if the dead person got some s-o-u-l.

So I did some research of her and felt that some of you, my dear readers, would like to know about her. Continue reading

Special Women Around Us: the “Women of The Wall” movement in Israel – Jewish women fight to pray as they want!

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

I didn’t know that for almost two decades a group of Israeli women who called their movement  Women of The Wall have been fighting for their right to pray at the the Western Wall in Jerusalem, which is one of Judaism’s holiest sites, carrying a Torah (a prayer shawl).

The Western Wall which is also known as the Wailing Wall is a holy site for both Muslims and Jews. It is believed to have been erected around 19 B.C. at the time of Herod the Great, and has been the site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for many centuries. Its structure stands at the western side of the iconic Temple Mount.

Their goal is to abolish the 2003 Israeli Supreme Court ruling that prohibited women from carrying a Torah at the site, a right which is traditionally reserved only for men. They believe that the holy site belongs to all Jewish people regardless of gender. In the past few months a number of women carrying the Torah were arrested by police officers. These arrests have sparked an international outcry.

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