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June 12, 2006: Women staged a rally for democracy and equalyt

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Iranian women are demanding the most basic rights, yet their strategy is carefully outlined to politically, socially and ideologically challenge Ahmadinejad’s regime and Khameini’s supreme leadership. This year women are calling for:

  • Banning polygamy;

  • Reversal of men's uncontested right to divorce;

  • Equal child custody rights for mothers and fathers;

  • Equal rights in marriage (such as a woman's right to choose where she works, to travel freely, etc.);

  • Increase in the legal age of children to 18 years of age (currently girls are viewed as adults at 9 years of age and boys at 15 years of age, making them eligible to be tried as adults);

  • Equal value placed on women's testimony in court; and

  • Elimination of temporary work contracts which disproportionately and negatively impact women.

Such political move and resolve are indications of the organized women’s movement in Iran. Although, the latest nuclear show down resulted in more shameful incentives from the West, in a few hours the Iranian women plan to remind the world community of the regime’s true misogynous and fundamentalist nature. The world community must recognize the call for change by women and stand in support of equality, freedom and peace in Iran.


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