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Gender Discrimination in Iran. Surprised?

Woman in Iran hanged Only a few days after a United Nations Special Rapporteurs announcement on the situation of human rights in Iran, a woman was hanged by the Iranian regime in the Lorestan province, as the local media reported.

Even with the seemingly moderate President Hassan Rouhani leading the Islamic Republic of Iran, no action has been taken to address the discriminatory legal and social laws regarding women and young girls. Women are not allowed to exercise some basic civil rights in Iran as well.

To be more specific, some of the laws in the Islamic Republic are totally contradict internationally accepted human rights standards, reinforcing the superiority of men over women.

See the specific laws discriminating against women.

Of course this is happening in Iran. This Islamic country is under sharia law.

Males and Females Can’t Chat On-line Says Iranian Cleric

Iranian women on computersIran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a religious edict (fatwa) banning online chatting between unrelated men and women, Iranian media reported on Monday, quoting Khamenei’s website:

The ruling came in response to a question sent to the supreme leader on his Website. His answer was: “Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted.”

The ruling came days after Iranian authorities blocked WeChat, a popular messaging app that enables smart phone users to access online social networks.

The authorities in Tehran are sensitive to social media and have blocked access to many social networking websites, including Facebook and Twitter, used by activists to stage protests after the 2009 controversial presidential vote.

Read the rest: Iranian Ayatollah Bans Internet Chatting Between the Sexes.  (h/t to The Religion of Peace)

The harder the mullahs squeeze the Muslim youth to totally segregate, the more energy builds for a real backlash. The pendulum is swinging 180 degrees. What form will the blowback take? I don’t know.

It is natural for young people to want to talk to each other, to flirt and pet each other. If you have a strong ethic of sexual control before marriage (from the male as well as the female, Muslims) and a healthy view of bodily functions, then they shouldn’t worry about the woman losing her virginity and accept the fact that even in the most fundamentalist households, it is not right to kill your wife, kids, your family over sex, one of the basic drivers of humanity’s actions.

Four Wives and One Husband: A Documentary on Polygamy in Iran

Iranian man and his four wives.I love Iranian films.  They are beautiful even when they show the ugliest sides of human nature. They provide a vehicle to transmit to uninformed Westerners what it is like to live in an Islamic society that allows little or no freedom for Muslim women and oppresses them and their children.  So, whether they are fiction or documentaries, the films are teaching tools as well as artistic endeavors and make Hollywood movies look like cheap hookers in a war combat zone.

The documentary, Four Wives and One Husband, by award-winning Iranian-Swedish filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani was made under extremely difficult circumstances, with the raw footage smuggled out of Iran and finally edited in Sweden.

The film is an investigation of Islamic polygamy that allows a man to have up to four wives (as long as he treats them all the same way).  Persson-Sarvestanti brings us immediately into the intimate lives of this family of one husband, four wives and twenty children in rural Iran.  We see their daily lives, their interactions with each other and the sadness of what it means to be childless in this society.  With consummate skill, Persson-Sarvestanti never crosses that fine line of voyeurism that some documentaries seem to delight in.  The camera is always there but never intrudes.  Masterful!

This is not an uplifting film with a smiley face happy ending.  But we come to understand the jealousy and envy of women who must share a husband and the trials that this family system brings. Their story elicits our heart-felt compassion, for these women will never escape their almost slave-like existence that binds them to each other and to their husband by Islamic culture, religion and law.  Four Wives and One Husband is a must watch!  I give it five stars.

Iran Legalizes Marriage for Fathers and Adopted Daughters 13 Years Old

Iranian girls in veilsParliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years.

Activists have expressed alarm that the bill, approved by parliament on Sunday, opens the door for the caretaker of a family to marry his or her adopted child if a court rules it is in the interests of the individual child.

Iran’s Guardian Council, a body of clerics and jurists which vets all parliamentary bills before the constitution and the Islamic law, has yet to issue its verdict on the controversial legislation.

To the dismay of rights campaigners, girls in the Islamic republic can marry as young as 13 provided they have the permission of their father. Boys can marry after the age of 15.

In Iran, a girl under the age of 13 can still marry, but needs the permission of a judge. At present, however, marrying stepchildren is forbidden under any circumstances.

As many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married in 2010, according to the Iranian news website Tabnak. At least 75 children under the age of 10 were wed in Tehran alone.

Read the rest here.   (h/t to Sharia Unveiled)

According to sharia law which follows sunna (the words and deeds of Mohammed), girls can marry as soon as they reach puberty.  Mohammed married his wife Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine.

Iranian Morality Police Arrest Women (again) for Violation of Dress Code

morality-police-tehranThe Iranian police morality control department have intensified enforcement against women who have been violating the Islamic dress code in Tehran during the last several days, ISNA news agency reported.

According to the report, presence of police men and women belonging to the “chastity squads” have increased significantly in the streets, parks, recreational and shopping centers of the city.

“Chastity squads” detained women who were not wearing their traditional hijab headscarf properly for questioning.

Previously, the police has prevented several women from entering a concert in Tehran due to their “inappropriate clothing”. The incident resulted in some women being arrested, according to ISNA.

Iran mandates that women cover their heads and wear loose coats to hide their figure in observance of the “hijab.” Every spring and summer police forces step up their surveillance in Tehran’s streets arresting women who are deemed to be violating the dress code.

Read the rest here.   (h/t to MFS the Other News)

Female Disqualified for Iranian City Council Due to ‘Youth and Beauty’

assets-2013-Nina_Siahkali_Moradi_191685250An electoral candidate who won a place on a city council in Iran has reportedly been barred from taking up the seat because she is too attractive.

During the polls in the city of Qazvin, 27-year-old Nina Siahkali Moradi received 10,000 votes, placing her 14th out of 163 candidates.

She was named as an “alternate member of the Council” – in effect, the first reserve. But when one of those ranked above her was selected as mayor and gave up his seat, Ms Moradi was disqualified and prevented from filling the vacancy.

A senior official in Qazvin was quoted in the Times to have explained the decision by saying: “We don’t want a catwalk model on the council.”

Ms Moradi is a graduate student of architecture, and with the help of her friends ran a visually impressive and high profile election campaign.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said that the disqualification was apparently because of her “non-observance of Islamic codes”, and reported suggestions that her election campaign posters were the basis for complaints from senior conservative rivals.

“Almost 10,000 people voted for me and based on that I should be the first alternate member of the City Council,” Ms Moradi told local media. The electoral review board, comprised of elder conservatives, disagreed.

Seyed Reza Hossaini, Qazvin’s representative in Parliament and a review board member, told the news agency IranWire: “Her votes have been nullified due to her disqualification, as the review board did not approve her credentials. We have told her the reason why she has been disqualified.”

Those who opposed Ms Moradi’s candidacy say that she was only elected because of her beauty and youth, and there were reportedly complaints prior to polls that the behaviour of her supporters was not in keeping with the traditions of conservative Islam.

Read the rest: Iranian Woman Candidate Disqualified Due to Her Youth and Beauty. 

Iranian Women Activists Hampered by Restrictions

Bloodied iranian woman protesterThe women of Iran are forbidden to stand in the upcoming presidential election on June 14, and are being strangled by ever-increasing restrictions. What has happened to the courageous Iranian women’s movement of dissent that gave inspiration to the protests of the Arab Spring uprisings?

A member of the Guardian Council, who vets election candidates according to their Islamic credentials, declared that women were barred from running. Under the constitution, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot stand for a third term, and out of 686 candidates competing to fill his place, only eight were cleared by the Guardian Council. Two have since resigned. All six remaining are associated with the supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They include the frontrunner, Saeed Jalili, an Islamist ideologue and protégé of Khamenei.

Women’s rights activists are hampered by restrictions in freedom of speech and assembly. Moreover, the Iranian constitution is founded on velayat-e faqih, the principle of absolute rule by an Islamic cleric, and a strict interpretation of sharia (Islamic law). Women not wearing the Muslim hijab or scarf in the public space can be sentenced to flogging, and the law stipulates that a woman’s life has only half the value of a man’s. Article 1133 of the Civil Code states a man can divorce his wife whenever he chooses, and Article 1117 ensures a husband can veto his wife’s choice of profession.

The Iranian women’s movement has a history of fighting state-mandated discrimination and violence, including stoning sentences for adultery. It emerged as the most defiant movement of its type in the Muslim world, and during the reform period of President Khatami, activists established more than 600 NGOs and took to the streets in a series of peaceful protests.

Read the rest of Ida Lichter’s article: Iranian Women Face Restrictions  

Muslim Women in Sweden Bare their Breasts in Protest of Hijab

Illustration of Strong Woman Flexing MuscleTaking a page out of the book of the Ukrainian FEMEN movement, Iranian female activists bared their breasts in the streets of Stockholm in protest against the hijab headscarf that Islamic women must wear.
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In the same style as the notorious FEMEN group, the women painted their bodies with slogans, including “My nudity is my protest” and “No to hijab” and they also displayed pictures from anti-Islamic demonstrations by FEMEN.

The topless images from the protest are displayed on FEMEN’S official website,  along with messages of support, with members of the “sextremist” movement expressing their confidence that “in the historical battle ‘woman v. Islam’ women will win!”

Read the rest: Iranian Women Bare Breasts to Protest Hijab.

Gender Segregation in Iranian Educational Facilities

In line with its policy of introducing gender-segregation to every social environment, the Iranian government has banned men and women from using educational facilities at the same time. Men will be permitted access on some days and women on others. The directive applies in particular to libraries and research institutes.

Read the rest: Segregation of Women in Iranian Educational Facilities.

At least the mullahs in charge haven’t banned women from going to the libraries and research institutes.  Yet.

Iranian Lawmakers Consider Curtailing Adult Women’s International Travel

IranAir Passenger PlaneLawmakers in Iran are preparing to consider legislation that may drastically alter an adult woman’s ability to obtain a passport and travel outside the country.

The draft law, set to go before the 290-seat Majlis, stipulates that single women up to the age of 40 must receive official permission from their father or male guardian in order to obtain travel documents.

Under current law, all Iranians under 18 years of age — both male and female — must receive paternal permission before receiving a passport. Married women must receive their husband’s approval to receive the documents.

The proposal is expected to find support in the conservative Majlis.

Critics say the draft law is the latest attack on women in a country whose Islamic leaders are eager to scale back a burgeoning rights movement.

Human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda that Iran’s interpretation of Shari’a law puts girls and women at a distinct disadvantage. “According to our laws, if a 9-year-old girl commits a criminal offense, she will be tried and punished exactly as a 40-year-old person would,” Ebadi says. “But if she wants to leave the country she is required, until the age of 40, to get permission from her father [for a passport]. If her father is deceased, she has to get permission from a judge.”

Read the rest: Iran Lawmakers Consider Curtailing Adult Women’s Travel 

This draft law is sunnah and follows the gender inequality of sharia law.