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International Support for Women’s Campaign

Saturday4 شهریور 1385


Iranian women’s rights activists are initiating a wide campaign demanding an end to discriminatory laws against women in the Iranian law. The Campaign “One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws” is a follow-up effort to the peaceful protest of the same aim, which took place on June 12, 2006 in Haft-e Tir Square in Tehran

We the undersigned, representing international women’s groups and activists, human rights organizations and activists, university and academic centers, and social justice initiatives, would like to express our support for Iranian women in their effort to reform laws and achieve equal status within the Iranian legal system.

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Background Information

Campaign Description:

Iranian law considers women to be second class citizens and promotes discrimination against them. It is noteworthy that legal discrimination of this type is being enforced in a society where women comprise over 60% of those being admitted to university. 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.

Without a doubt, women of lower socio-economic status or women from religious and ethic minority groups suffer disproportionately from legal discrimination. On the other hand, these unjust laws 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.

On the other hand, 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. The most important international human rights standard calls for elimination of discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion, etc.

The Campaign aims to collect one million signatures in support of changes to discriminatory laws against women. It will provide education on legal issues to the public and especially to women, raise public awareness, promote collaboration between groups demanding equality between men and women, and document experiences. The Campaign will be implemented through the following means:

1. Collection of signatures through door-to-door contact and dialogue with individual women;

2. Collection of signatures in places and events in which women gather, and where dialogue and discussions with groups of women can be carried out;

3. Implementation of seminars and conferences with the intent of raising the profile of the campaign, promoting dialogue, identifying supporters and collecting signatures;

4. Collection of signatures through the internet. The internet will be utilized to share information about the Campaign, including legal educational materials, and those interested in supporting this effort can sign petitions related to the Campaign.

Contact Information: • For more information on the Campaign please visit: www.we-change.org; or write to the Campaign Organizers at: forequality

Description de la campagne :

La loi Iranienne considère les Femmes comme des citoyennes de deuxième classe, et entretient une discrimination contre elles. Il est de notoriété publique que les discriminations légales de ce type sont encore pénalisantes dans une société où les Femmes sont plus de 60% à être admises à l’université. Il est généralement admis que les lois devraient promouvoir une modération sociale en étant en avance sur les normes culturelles. Au contraire, en Iran, la loi reste en de ça des normes culturelles comme des positions sociales et du statut des Femmes. De plus, les Femmes d’un statut social inférieur, les Femmes de groupes minoritaires tant d’un point de vue religieux ou ethnique souffrent encore plus de la discrimination légale. Par ailleurs, ces lois injustes ont développé des relations malsaines et inégales entre les hommes et les femmes. Avec pour résultat des conséquences néfastes sur la vie des hommes.

Par ailleurs, le Gouvernement Iranien est signataire de plusieurs conventions internationales sur les droits humains. En conséquence, il doit mettre ses lois en conformité avec les standards internationaux. L’exigence la plus vitale en matière de droits humains est la suppression de toute discrimination basée sur le sexe, l’ethnie ou la religion, etc ... La campagne a pour objet de rassembler UN MILLION de signatures pour obtenir des changements dans les lois discriminant les Femmes. Elle diffusera de l’information sur les questions légales dans le grand public en informant tout spécialement les Femmes, favorisera la prise de conscience, développera la synergie entre les groupes oeuvrant pour l’égalité entre hommes et femmes et diffusera les expérimentations.

La Campagne sera réalisée avec les moyens suivants :

1. Récolte de signatures par un contact direct en "porte-à-porte" et des dialogues avec les femmes individuellement, 2. Récolte de signatures aux endroits et durant les événements qui rassemblent beaucoup de femmes, et où les dialogues et discussions peuvent avoir lieu, 3. Organisation de séminaires et de conférences dans le but de faire connaître cette Campagne, de promouvoir le dialogue, de repérer les sympathisants et sympathisantes et de récolter des signatures *, 4. Récolte de signatures au moyen d’Internet. Qui sera utilisé pour partager l’information sur la Campagne, et diffuser le matériel d’information sur les lois. On pourra signer la pétition en ligne.

Contact

Pour plus d’information, voir le site (en anglais et en farsi) www.we-change.org

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5286 Signatures

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7 December 2007
7 December 2007 From Spain, women’s free in all the world!!! NOW!!!
7 December 2007
7 December 2007 I haven’t been back for almost 8 years, and busy with my family and life in a fast pace environment. hearing news from Iran always saddens me so I’ve been outa the loop of what has been goin on since my departure. I found all this through myspace and am in awe! I admire all the activist women that are so courageous& would like to help in any way I can. inspired to be an activist and learn how to do so. :)
7 December 2007 One step closer to gender equality!
7 December 2007
7 December 2007 Universal Human Rights for Everyone!
7 December 2007 We as women have the right to be treated as equal to men. We are after all both human. May the fight for equality be won soon.
7 December 2007
7 December 2007
7 December 2007 من هم باتغیر قوانین نابرابر موافقم
7 December 2007 End legalised discrimination now!
7 December 2007 Free Jelveh!
7 December 2007 I am willing to help as much as possible! Hopefully I’ll be able to get you all many signatures : )
7 December 2007 I’m ashamed that my country seems to be absolutely unconcerned about this issue.

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