This 18-year old girl, Nazanin, from Iran, is being sentenced to death by hanging for stabbing and killing a man who, along with two other men, accosted and attempted to rape her and her younger cousin. From a letter to Kofi Annan which you can sign (link below):
On January 3, 2006, 18-year-old Nazanin was sentenced to death for murder by court in Iran after she reportedly admitted fatally stabbing one of three men who attempted to rape her and her 16-year-old niece in a park in Karaj (a suburb of Tehran) in March 2005. She was seventeen at the time. Her sentence is subject to review by the Court of Appeal, and if upheld, to confirmation by the Supreme Court.
According to reports in the Iranian newspaper E’temaad, Nazanin told the court that three men had approached her and her niece, forced them to the ground and attempted to rape them. Seeking to defend her niece and herself, Nazanin stabbed one man in the hand with a knife that she possessed. As the men continued their attack, she stabbed another of the men in the chest, which eventually caused his death. She reportedly told the court “I wanted to defend myself and my niece. I did not want to kill that boy. At the heat of the moment I did not know what to do because no one came to our help”. She was nevertheless sentenced to the maximum punishment possible under the law, death by hanging.
Go to this url to add your name to a letter with over 100,00 signatures so far, addressed to Koffi Annan and others. You can find other things you can do to help spare this young woman's life by going here and here.
Thanks to Jeyoani of Women's Space.