Women in Iran Dream of a Liberated Future

For more than two weeks, protests have spread around Iran, with women leading the way. They have been battling for their fundamental liberties.

In the 1980s, a campaign of widespread arrests and killings was launched in response to post-revolutionary dissent. Six days of student protests in 1999 resulted in thousands of arrests, as well as numerous people going missing, being hurt, or even dying.

Neda Agha-Soltan was one of the fatalities in 2009. Her shooting death became a symbol of the government’s violence, fuelling the protests.

History

Women in Iran continued to protest against the regime’s requirement that they wear the hijab. It was frequently a loud yet understated protest that was shown by wearing their head covering loosely and allowing some hair to show.

It is difficult to comprehend the scope of their opposition from across the globe and the government’s harsh repression campaign. Limited, VPN-supported Internet access and a media blackout restrict access to both sets of records.

Nevertheless, despite the crackdown, fresh forms of dissent emerge daily. Social media feeds have been displaying how schoolgirls have taken control of the revolution since October 3.

Protests

Iran’s four million-strong diaspora is fascinated on the country’s four million citizens’ fight from afar via social media, phone calls, and text messages on messaging apps as Iranians within the country approach their fifth week of protesting the regime.

They are fixated on their bravery and apparent audacity as they demand very un-audacious things like the right to own their own bodies, to live in a nation where their mothers don’t feel pressured to put their own lives in danger so their daughters can live more freely, and the freedom to dress however they want for breakfast.

Shoosmiths Has Announced a Move to 103 Colmore Row

Shoosmiths has acquired 32,900 square feet at Birmingham’s 103 Colmore Row, the largest letting to date for the landmark skyscraper, which has attained practical completion, and puts the total office space pre-let or under offer to 60%.

103 Colmore Row is a 230084-square-foot Grade A office building. With a beautiful top-floor restaurant it is a premier location in the heart of Birmingham’s busy Business District.

Shoosmiths is currently headquartered at Two Colmore Square, with a workforce of 300 legal advisers and support personnel.

Colmore Business District is a business improvement district that was established to project manage improvements and services to Birmingham’s business district.

Agreed Lease Term

Shoosmiths has agreed a 15-year lease on the 11th, 12th, and 20th floors. Sterling Property Ventures and Tristan Capital Partners’ EPISO 4 Fund.

It comes on the heels of many leases signed with new tenants in 2021, including Grant Thornton, wealth management and financial advisers Tilney Smith & Williamson, and flexible workspace operator x+why.

103 Colmore Row features 223,631 square feet of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Grade A office space, high-quality amenity spaces, and a variety of technology advancements.

District Energy Scheme

103 Colmore Row will be the first office building in Birmingham’s Business District to connect to the District Energy Scheme.

The scheme has also received an EPC A rating. This indicates that it is one of the most energy-efficient commercial office buildings in the United Kingdom.

Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International, and Knight Frank are marketing office space at 103 Colmore Row.

Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office is led by Alex Bishop and Beth McArdle. They are responsible for the firm’s contribution to and profile in the local business community.