21 Oct 2013 15:00
Basij is a voluntary organization in Iran with a focus on military, education and other socio-economic projects. It is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and is one of the public branches of this organization. Basij has millions of members; many of these members are women of different ages. It deals with and executes a lot of projects that are related to construction, and cultural and economical activities throughout the country. Many of these projects include helping the poor in deprived regions of the country, organizing religious teaching, publishing different books and magazines that have Islamic content, arranging different educational courses for the illiterate; to educate them in the fields of science and train them for arranging festivals, seminars, and plays. Basij also plays a role in holding military training that take place in Tehran and other regions of Iran. These trainings are annual and take place at the same time. This collection documents the women members of Basij participating in the training. Women may join the Basij for religious reasons or in order to have access to more benefits through the Basij and be among other women. In this training, the women learned how to shoot, what to do in the event of an explosion or a hypothetical enemy attack, and how to to deal with street outrage and riots.
Photos and text by Yalda Moaiery