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Dr. Homa Darabi's Portrait
"To keep the memory of her sacrifice alive,
I have chosen the portrait of my dear sister
as my personal icon."
A brief biography of Dr.
Dr. Parvin Darabi
I was born in Tehran Iran on September 16, 1941. On February 7th
1964 I arrived in San Francisco with $500 to pursue my childhood
dream of learning how a radio worked. I studied at Calif. State
University Northridge, University of Southern California, Pepperdine
University, and California Coast University. I worked as an electronic
systems engineer, program manager, company president, and engineering
consultant until 1994. From 1985-1990 I owned and operated my
own Company PT enterprises, in Mountain View, California where
we developed the most sensitive Radar Detector presently on the
German Naval Vessels active in NATO.
On May 12,
1994 I testified before the Human Right Caucus of the United States
House of Representative, on women's rights violations in Iran.
I lecture frequently on the Islamic oppression of women.
My son Romin
P. Thomson (an attorney in San Jose, California) and I, have written
a biography of Dr. Homa Darabi. The book is titled "Rage
Against the Veil, the Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic
Dissident" published by Prometheus Books, 1999. The book
describes what it was like to grow up as Moslem girls and become
accomplished feminists in an Islamic patriarchal society. The
book has been published in German with the title of "du Wolltest
fligen" in 1997 and in Dutch in 1998, and Persian in 2002.
We recommend this valuable book by Dr. Parvin Darabi:
of 1995 I spoke at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing
regarding the situation for women in Iran and other Islamic countries.
I have also lectured on the condition of Iranian minorities to
the San Francisco Immigration and Naturalization Office. A video
of a recent stoning in Iran was showed to the participants.
Since the death of my only sibling, Dr. Homa Darabi, on February
21, 1994, I have not been able to continue my profession as a
consulting engineer and has dedicated my life to the betterment
of the women's lives in the Islamic world.
Dr. Homa Darabi, my sister
I have lectured
and been guest speaker at Iranian and other international organizations
in Paris, Hamburg, Washington DC, Seattle Washington, Portland
Oregon, New York, Los Angeles, California, Feminist Majority conference,
Douglas College New Jersey, Vancouver Canada, University of North
Carolina, AAUW Incline Village. I was the keynote speaker at the
Planned Parenthood anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in Reno. Guest
speaker for many of the AAUW branches in California, Human Rights
Conference Oregon School of Law. I was guest on O'Riely show of
Fox News Network regarding the Kosovo women. Keynote speaker at
the North Idaho College, Human Rights Banquet, 2002.
has been to inform people in general and the Western society in
particular on the horrors of blindly following religious taboos
and tenets. I speak on the injustices done to women living under
the Islamic laws. Where women are considered the "ward"
of their fathers as long as they are children and then "ward"
of their husbands when they are married and ward of their sons,
grandsons or any other male relative they may have alive. Under
Sharia laws women are denied the right to decide whom to marry,
divorce, get custody of their children and their testimony is
considered half of that of a man. They are not allowed to pursue
some professions such as becoming a judge and their worth is half
of that of a man. In Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam women
don't even have an identification card and in Kuwait they are
denied participation in their, so called, "democracy."
Women are too emotional to vote, that is what was said by the
religious members of Kuwaiti Parliament the last time the issue
of women's right to vote came up. I believe change will only happen
when we learn of the problems that exists in our world. And that
is what I have set my mind into doing.
I have been interviewed by numerous newspapers, radio and television
stations on the oppressive conditions faced by women, religious
minorities, and political dissidents of Islam and Iran.
There are many laws in the Shiite Islam that completely turns off any educated person; one of them is Siqeh (Temporary Marriage) which terms as "religiously blessed prostitution." Islamic Republic of Iran has brought only poverty and misery for the Iranians.
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IPC recommends this valuable book:
Rage against The Veil
Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident