#OurStoryIsOne: Marking a year when the arts inspired reflection worldwide

June 18, 2024
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BIC GENEVA — Today marks one year since the Bahá’í International Community (BIC) launched the #OurStoryIsOne campaign, honoring the lives of the 10 Bahá’í women who were hanged on a single night for their beliefs in Shiraz, Iran, four decades ago.

The campaign has inspired a flourishing of artistic expressions from virtually every part of the globe, inviting reflection on the longstanding effort toward gender equality in Iran and around the world.

Looking back on the past year, Simin Fahandej, BIC representative to the United Nations in Geneva, stated, “The overwhelming response to the Our Story Is One campaign is a testament to the profound worldwide desire for the unity of the human family and for the equality of women and men.

“The artistic works the campaign inspired,” she continues, “call to mind the interconnectedness of the human family and our shared aspiration for a harmonious world.”

Ms. Fahandej adds: “In remembering the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz, we are reminded of the enduring power of the human spirit. This campaign has inspired countless people to envision a future where equality and justice are not only ideals but lived realities for all.”

Below are glimpses of the various artistic expressions inspired by the #OurStoryIsOne campaign, more contributions can be found on this BIC website.

An artist from the United States created these intaglio etchings—a printmaking technique—in honor of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

An artist from the United States created these intaglio etchings—a printmaking technique—in honor of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

Seen here is a segment of a broader collage featuring a poem written to the women of Iran.

Seen here is a segment of a broader collage featuring a poem written to the women of Iran.

A song from Spain titled “Our Story Is One.”

An animated video from Tunisia illustrates a story from the history of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

Seen here is a collection of leaves, seeds, and flowers that commemorates the 10 Bahá’í women.

Seen here is a collection of leaves, seeds, and flowers that commemorates the 10 Bahá’í women.

An ink drawing from Australia, incorporating hand-drawn dotted detailing.

An ink drawing from Australia, incorporating hand-drawn dotted detailing.

This poem draws inspiration from the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz, honoring their unwavering commitment to gender equity, justice, and our shared humanity.

A song titled “Each and Every Stone” from the United States. The words are attributed to Zarrin Moghimi-Abyaneh, one of the 10 Bahá’í women executed in Shiraz over 40 years ago.

A paper collage symbolizing the courage of the Bahá’í women who stood for their belief in justice, equality, and truthfulness.

A paper collage symbolizing the courage of the Bahá’í women who stood for their belief in justice, equality, and truthfulness.

Group of youth perform a mime depicting scenes from the music video “Mona With The Children”.

An artwork honoring the sacrifice of the 10 Bahá’í women.

An artwork honoring the sacrifice of the 10 Bahá’í women.

A dance accompanied by a Persian song.

A calligraphic work titled “The Celestial Dance: A Tenfold Blessing”.

A calligraphic work titled “The Celestial Dance: A Tenfold Blessing”.

A Song from New Zealand titled “10 Angels”.

Stained glass art from the United States. The stained glass allows light to shine through, symbolizing the enduring impact of the 10 women’s stories and courage.

Stained glass art from the United States. The stained glass allows light to shine through, symbolizing the enduring impact of the 10 women’s stories and courage.

This painting from Antrim, United Kingdom, titled “Emancipation,” features ten gold buttons on the sleeve to symbolize the courage of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

This painting from Antrim, United Kingdom, titled “Emancipation,” features ten gold buttons on the sleeve to symbolize the courage of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

In Australia, an animated narrated poem weaves an imaginary tale between Simin Saberi, one of the 10 Bahá’í women executed, and her great-niece, a woman she never had the chance to meet.

A mixed media artwork combining collage and acrylic portraits of the 10 Bahá’í women.

A mixed media artwork combining collage and acrylic portraits of the 10 Bahá’í women.

This video from Germany honors the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz and the long struggle for equality lived by women throughout the world.

A painting of Mona Mahmoudnejad, who at the age of 17 was executed together with 9 other women on June 18, 1983, for their belief in justice and equality.

A painting of Mona Mahmoudnejad, who at the age of 17 was executed together with 9 other women on June 18, 1983, for their belief in justice and equality.

This video features an interpretive dance and spoken word poetry telling the story of the 10 Bahá’í women, their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality—absent and even criminalized in Iran—along with unity, justice, and truthfulness.

In this piece, a New Zealand artist highlights gender equality through the symbiotic relationship of coral polyps and algae, symbolizing the mutual trust and support essential for societal harmony.

In this piece, a New Zealand artist highlights gender equality through the symbiotic relationship of coral polyps and algae, symbolizing the mutual trust and support essential for societal harmony.

A narrated poem accompanied by a composition on the harp.

A glass artwork from France in memory of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

A glass artwork from France in memory of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

This song titled “10” by an artist from the US is a tribute to the 10 Bahá’í women executed in Shiraz in 1983 for their beliefs.

A drawing of Zarrin Moghimi-Abyaneh, one of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

A drawing of Zarrin Moghimi-Abyaneh, one of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

This song from Sweden, titled “Hearts Still Weep”, is a tribute to the enduring legacy of the 10 women of Shiraz.

A ceramic art titled “You Are Me,” featured at an event honoring the legacy of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz, Iran, hosted by the Bahá’í Community of Canada.

A ceramic art titled “You Are Me,” featured at an event honoring the legacy of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz, Iran, hosted by the Bahá’í Community of Canada.

This video features a choir from Dumbea, New Caledonia, performing a song dedicated to the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz, who were executed for their beliefs in justice and equality.

A song from Austria titled “One By One”.

A painting honoring the courage of the women of Shiraz.

A painting honoring the courage of the women of Shiraz.

This is an artwork titled “Spirits and Silhouettes,” which ties the spirit of the 10 women with the efforts of contemporary women toward social justice.

This is an artwork titled “Spirits and Silhouettes,” which ties the spirit of the 10 women with the efforts of contemporary women toward social justice.

A song created in support of the struggle for equality of women and men and the cause of peace in Iran and around the world.

A film from the United States titled “Under the Tree of Eternity” honors the memory of Mona Mahmoudinejad, one of the 10 women executed in Shiraz, Iran, because of their beliefs.

In this mixed-media piece, two artists from Canada convey the spirit of resilience of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

In this mixed-media piece, two artists from Canada convey the spirit of resilience of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

A song titled “Justicia”, honoring and commemorating the sacrifices and courage of the 10 Bahá’í women.

In this painting, human interconnectedness and empathy are depicted through calligraphic abstraction.

In this painting, human interconnectedness and empathy are depicted through calligraphic abstraction.

Two musicians performing a song at an event in Canada as part of the ‘Our Story Is One’ campaign.

This ceramic composition was made by an artist from France as a tribute to the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

This ceramic composition was made by an artist from France as a tribute to the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.

A combination of graphic art and calligraphy merges the title ‘Our Story Is One’ in Persian with illustrated graphics representing the aspirations of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz and the women of Iran today who continue to work towards justice and equality.

A combination of graphic art and calligraphy merges the title ‘Our Story Is One’ in Persian with illustrated graphics representing the aspirations of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz and the women of Iran today who continue to work towards justice and equality.

A song and music video by a musician in the United Kingdom in honor of the 10 Bahá’í women and the #OurStoryIsOne campaign.

A ceramic vase surrounded by 10 candles honoring the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz who chose their faith and principles of oneness, equality, and justice over life itself.

A ceramic vase surrounded by 10 candles honoring the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz who chose their faith and principles of oneness, equality, and justice over life itself.

A song titled “Mona’s song” dedicated to Mona Mahmoudnejad, one of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz who were hanged in a single night in Iran 41 years ago.

Titled “FA’UTAHA,” Tongan for unity, this piece embodies the spirit of solidarity as women come together.

Titled “FA’UTAHA,” Tongan for unity, this piece embodies the spirit of solidarity as women come together.

A graphic art piece made for the #OurStoryIsOne campaign.

A graphic art piece made for the #OurStoryIsOne campaign.

This watercolor painting of ten dandelions honors the sacrifices and courage of the ten Bahá’í women.

This watercolor painting of ten dandelions honors the sacrifices and courage of the ten Bahá’í women.

A song and music video created in honor of the 10 Bahá’í women of Shiraz.