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1.000.000

Posted in Iran, Women by homeyra on February 18, 2007

Iranian women’s rights activists have organized the two-year “One Million Signatures” campaign. Here is an excerpt from the Petition:

“… It is generally believed that laws should promote social moderation by being one step ahead of cultural norms. But in Iran the law lags behind cultural norms and women’s social position and status … legal discrimination … is being enforced in a society where women comprise over 60% of those being admitted to university.

According to Iranian penal codes, a girl at nine years of age is considered to be an adult. If she commits a crime which is punishable by execution … punitive damages provided to the woman according to law is half that of those provided to the man … the law does not recognize the woman as a witness … These are only a few examples of the inequities …[which] have promoted unhealthy and unbalanced relationships between men and women and as a result have had negative consequences on the lives of men as well …the Iranian government is a signatory to several international human rights conventions, and accordingly is required to bring its legal code in line with international standards …” Complete text here
You can sign the petition: here

Further information:
We-Change website
They have no problem with our demands: believe me! Persian
Women’s Learning Partnership

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  1. naj said, on February 18, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    I am an Iranian woman, and I disagree with this petition because of the following reasons:

    1) I totally disagree with women being second class citizens in Iran.

    2) I disagree with timing that this petition is
    tabled (in English!!); it plays into sensationalist hands that demonize Iran in this particular juncture of history.

    3) I do agree, that for the Iranians who live
    in Iran and are subject to Iranian laws
    , this IS a good time to apply some pressure
    on the government to get what they want; but :

    4) Iranians are persian speaking => they can read their petition in persian.

    5) It is none of non-persian speaking women to sign a petition for laws to be changed in Iran, because that constitutes “foreign” interference, in my opinion.

    6) I strongly believe that Iranian
    women are quite capable of speaking on their own behalf and claiming their rightful place in society, as they have been successfully doing so in the past 100 years.

  2. homeyra said, on February 18, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    The “demonisers” do not need this petition. It is their job to invent them if necessary.

    More on all that later. Dinner time here.

  3. naj said, on February 18, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    yeah I glanced over that article and I was wondering what the hell is he talking about?!
    do you have the Iran Chamber Society bookmarked?
    Enjoy dinner! Hope it’s not corn flakes 😉

  4. homeyra said, on February 18, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Yes I have it.
    About this post: As far as I know this group of ladies are really doing a respectable effort. The least I can do is to bring a little more exposure to their activities and website.
    About the “1” above, well, it is true that being a second class or third class citizen is not always related to the gender! Anyway, the existing laws can improve.
    About the last, again I agree with you on the principle. An international recognition and exchange is also helpful.


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