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دوشنبه ۱۵ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۸:۱۱ - ۵ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶

WOMEN: Rights Groups Warn against Reversal of Gains


Women’s rights advocates warn that the conservatives-dominated Majles was poised to roll back legal gains achieved by women during the previous, reformists-dominated Majles. The new MPs have no option but to pay attention to the women’s demands. Former MP Elaheh Koulai said In press interviews and public speeches, several prominent women’s rights advocates warned that the conservatives-dominated Majles was poised to roll back several legal gains achieved by women during the previous, reformists-dominated Majles. After last February’s Majles elections, in which thousands of reformist candidates were banned by the Guardians Council from running, only 12 women were elected to the 270-member Majles. The statements made by the new women MPs indicated a major shift in Majles’ attitude towards women’s rights, including renewed support for polygamy, and opposition to ratification of the UN treaty against gender discrimination. New Majles MP Raf’at Bayat said many clauses of the UN convention against sex discrimination are contrary to Islam, and added that women’s rights groups are continuing to press for revisions of Islamic rules regarding inheritance, child custody and the husband’s permission requirement for obtaining passports. Most of the new women MPs see women as second-rate citizens, and have no intention to gain broader rights for women, former Tehran MP, reformist Fatemeh Haqiqatju told Reuters. But women’s rights activists said in a country where 60 percent of all university graduates are women, it is impossible to ignore women’s demands. Former MP Elaheh Koulai said the new MPs have no option but to pay attention to the women’s demands.
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