The new edition of the Foreign Policy Centre’s Iran Human Rights Review (IHRR) sets out some of the critical challenges facing Iranian women and puts them in the context of the more than three decades long struggle for gender equality against a theocratic state. The findings suggest that recent political changes mark a new phase in this struggle, where tensions within the regime can be marked by the mistreatment of women, such as British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and where even modest efforts to support women’s role in society are seen by factions as a conspiracy against their core Islamic Republic values. Consequently, incendiary claims around national security are increasingly being used as grounds for curtailing women’s freedoms and their rights.
The Iran Human Rights Review: Women and Human Rights is edited by Tahirih Danesh and Dr Sanam Vakil. It contains contributions by: Nahid Husseini, Elahe Amani, Leili Nekounazar, Elaheh Imanian, Shadi Salehian, Maryam Hosseinkhah, Arzoo Osanloo and two pieces by authors based inside Iran who maintain anonymity for their security.
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Women and Human Rights [October 2016]
In this latest issue, the Iran Human Rights Review focuses on women and their on-going struggle to access human rights. The review contains contributions from human rights lawyers, activists and defenders, from both inside and outside of Iran. The Iran Human Rights Review: Women and Human Rights, focuses on the need to recognise both the current plight of women in Iran and their role in securing a culture of human rights in Iran despite the legal, cultural and social challenges they face.
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A look at violence against women in Iran
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The Women’s Movement in Iran; Challenges and opportunities
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Forbearance Advocacy and Criminal Sanctioning in Iran
Unimplemented laws and the decline in economic opportunities for women: ‘Soup in the bowl but burnt mouth’
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