Starting at Home, Iran’s Women Fight for Rights

February 13, 2009 § 1 Comment

NY Times has a great article today on Iranian women’s rights:

Women’s rights advocates say Iranian women are displaying a growing determination to achieve equal status in this conservative Muslim theocracy, where male supremacy is still enscribed in the legal code. One in five marriages now end in divorce, according to government data, a fourfold increase in the past 15 years.

And it is not just women from the wealthy, Westernized elites. The family court building in Vanak Square here is filled with women, like Ms. Qassemi, who are not privileged. Women from lower classes and even the religious are among those marching up and down the stairs to fight for divorces and custody of their children.

Increasing educational levels and the information revolution have contributed to creating a generation of women determined to gain more control over their lives, rights advocates say.

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§ One Response to Starting at Home, Iran’s Women Fight for Rights

  • Ariel says:

    I’m glad to see that they are not giving up. I’ve read several first hand accounts of patriarchy in Iran, and my heart went out on how you can even start a movement when the government arrests and most likely kills protesters. I read one account where a woman was arrested for protesting, and then was repeatedly tortured and raped, simply for being pretty. Another account of a woman having her face scrubbed raw because she was believed to be wearing make-up when she wasn’t.

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