October 14, 2022

Tea Talk: What's happening in Iran?

As of 26 September, 2022, protests in Iran had taken place in 80+ cities, injuring over 733 and killing over 41 people. The spark: on 16 September, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old Iranian woman, dies after the religious police has arrested her for not wearing her hijab in line with the strict laws. 

Protests are growing in number, and frequency: large scale demonstrations have taken place in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2011, 2009, 1999, and all have one common theme: they are cries for freedom.

Many of us have seen these protests in the news. Few of us have actually talked to those Iranians who are directly or indirectly living this period. 

On 1 October 2022, Correspondents of the World therefore organized a Tea Talk: What’s happening in Iran? Personal experiences from inside and outside the country. Here, participants from all over the world had the opportunity to speak with Iranians from in- and outside the country. While there were Iranian participants from outside Iran, those inside Iran could not join due to the internet crackdown implemented by the regime. 

With 28 participants from Iran, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Italy, and many more countries, we had a truly global conversation about deeply personal experiences. The best way to cover this, is by sharing some of the words spoken:

“I always dreamed of living abroad. For my whole life I was working towards this because of the restrictions in my home country… but for the last two weeks, being in a foreign country [the Netherlands] while my brothers and sisters are fighting for their basic rights, I wish I could be next to them and fight with them, shoulder to shoulder.” (Ardavan)

“When we left Iran, we left our hearts at home. We might be here but all of our attention is there.” (Mani) 

“Most people think this is a fight about hijabs. It is not. We are protesting about basic human rights. I love Iran. I want to be there. But when I am there I have to pretend to be someone I am not.” (Shadi)

“I realized we should not be afraid of the regime. They should be afraid of us.” (Shadi)

Getting a personal perspective from people we can actually talk to - that is the goal of the Correspondent of the World Tea Talks. Or, in the words of one of our participants: “When we just read these pieces of news, we often forget in our daily lives. We just treat it as just more news from another country. We forget that there are real people being affected.”

Thanks to our Iranian friends Ardavan, Mani, Shadi, Hoda, Alireza, Atousa, Farzad, Kharazm for being there or giving your input. Lots of strength to you! 

The next Tea Talk will be held soon. Want to stay up to date? Subscribe to our mailing list on the homepage of www.correspondentsoftheworld.com or send an email to [email protected]

April 7, 2022

Remote Internship Opportunity: Content & Communications Manager

Correspondents of the World is looking for a new Content & Communications Manager to expand our presence on social media and reach even more people with the stories we collect. Visit the internship offer for more information. 

January 1, 2022

January Newsletter

Looking back at a busy year, and forward with hope and courage: Read our January Update Newsletter here.

November 27, 2021

Invited Talk: The 1965 Indonesian Genocide

In November 2021, Correspondents of the World organised an online conversation with special guest Dr Soe Tjen Marching on the experiences of Chinese-Indonesians during the mass killings and imprisonment of alleged communists during 1965/66 in Indonesia. Find out what stories Soe Tjen and other witnesses had to tell about this period usually shrouded in silence here.

November 1, 2021

November Newsletter

Story updates and big plans moving forward: Read our November Update Newsletter here.

September 18, 2021

Migrant Connections Festival 2021

Our first physical appearance: Veronica, Joost and Janosch represented Correspondents of the World at the Migrant Connections Festival in London, UK. Besides telling people about our project, we also provided a workshop on the power of narrative and detecting biases and assumptions in the stories we hear and the stories we tell. 

September 13, 2021

Perspective: A Correspondents of the World Magazine

Fresh from the press: Today we got the first run of prints of our Perspective magazine - a way to distribute our stories beyond the internet. For the first issue, we picked a story from each of our six focus topics, and presented them together with translations, information about the author, some facts about their respective countries and reflection questions. If you can't get hold of a physical copy, you can check it out online on FlipBook.

August 29, 2021

Tea Talk: The Power of Narrative

We used this Tea Talk as a tester for our workhop at the Migrant Connections Festival in London, talking about assumptions, biases and the power of narrative. 

July 23, 2021

Alice joins us as Social Media and Communications Intern

We're happy to announce that Alice Lieu is joining us as a Social Media and Communications Intern for the next few months. Alice was born in Vietnam. She travelled abroad to study for her Bachelor Degree in Business Management at Lancaster University. As an international student, Alice developed an appreciation for stories that amplify the beauty of individual and cultural differences. Alice is also a writer in her free time. She writes stories that bring her creativity to view and voice out the opinions that she believes can help connect everyone and create a better world. Check out our social media channels to see her work!

April 1, 2021

We Are Becoming A 'Stichting' (Foundation)

Not a joke: On the first of April 2021 Joost signed all documents necessary to register Correspondents of the World as a 'stichting', a foundation in the Netherlands.

March 29, 2021

Interview with 'Call For Optimism'

We met with Lea Loesch, founder of Call For Optimism, an initiative to 'bring the positive things into the spotlight and to share and spread positive news, stories, thoughts and experiences of all kinds of people' to chat about Correspondents of World. You can read the interview here.

February 25, 2021

Interview with University of Leiden

Bachelor International Studies alumni Joost and Mira were interviewed by the University of Leiden about their passion for and their work with Correspondents of the World. You can find the interview here

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