The Regime Can’t Put Women Down

Women are the largest and perhaps one of the most important social group in Iran today. They account for almost half of the total population and even today, despite restrictions in the employment market place they make up more than 30% of Iran’s workforce (statistics taken from.Wikipedia ). Women make up 70% of the student population at university and increasing numbers of women opt for a career over marriage

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Yet they remain unrecognised: their potential ignored, their voices unheard and contributions undistinguishable.

Despite their enduring tenacity, women in Iran today are considered little more than chattel, deprived of some of their most basic human rights and frequently and severely punished under shari’ ah law for violations and indiscretions.

Over the last century women have consistently suffered, cradle to grave, with male centred ideology, male dominance and oppression that habitually treats them like children and second class citizens. Since 1979 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the fate of women in Iran deteriorated further and their value in society diminished to a new all time low. Under shari’ ah law the age for consent to marriage dropped from 16 to 9 initially and was later raised to 13, women were sacked from Government employment and opportunities in social, religious, economical, political, judicial, and cultural platforms became severely limited. Women are afforded little consideration under family law: segregation and restrictions on dress, travel and divorce. Harsh treatment of women now extended to their public profile as well as that in their private lives at home.

It’s possible that the Iranian Government is stabbing itself in the foot and is unable to see to see the wood for the tree’s and as a result, is unprepared for the ‘pink’ revolution to come. Progressively more and more women in Iran express their discontent through their dress style : coats have become shorter, more fitted and brightly coloured. Women wear high heels, make up, their roo sari’s have slipped back to reveal their hair and in reprisal for their contempt for shari ih law, we can note a steep rise in the arrest and sever punishment of women who are seen to be politically active .

Women have become healthy, well educated and entrepreneurial, with a growing industry of business’s run by women for women. Women journalists, educators, medical professionals, and in the growing fashion business.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7744413.stm .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXxH3n6hT0Y

The IRI’s failure to recognise the significance of the political force of women could ultimately be it’s downfall.

Related articles:
http://www.campaign4equality.info/english/spip.php?article461

http://www.iranhumanrights.org/themes/news/single-news/article/unprecedented-three-year-sentence-for-womens-rights-activist-implemented.html

By: Javaneh

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