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"Blickwechsel", is VIDC's podcast for a another, a new look at the world. With this Podcast we want to bring those voices into the spotlight that we rarely hear in Austria: Activists and scientists from the Global South; people who come from our focus regions, who are directly affected, with whom we collaborate on events or studies. Who have an insight that we don't have, whose views open up new perspectives for us.
Sybille Straubinger, Director of the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation, guides this Podcast. The VIDC is a think tank founded in 1962 by the later Chancellor Bruno Kreisky together with prominent politicians of the so-called Global South. Being in dialogue, always on the basis of equality and respect, and making the voices from the South heard in Austria (and not talking about them), that is the basic premise of our work - and of this Podcast.
September 16 marks the anniversary of the assassination of Jina Masha Amini. Her death sparked the long-running protests against the mullah regime that has been in power since 1979. Woman, life, freedom, is the familiar slogan of the "women's revolution." But women in Iran have been fighting for their freedom for much longer, against the compulsory headscarf and other clothing regulations. A conversation with Mina Ahadi, who had to flee in 1980 due to demonstrations, has been fighting tirelessly against the Iranian regime ever since and thus became a target of the Iranian state apparatus herself.