Friday, December 7, 2007

Women's Equality in Iran

I'm happy that Iran isn't building the nuclear bomb Our Dimwitted Preznit has been blustering about, but that doesn't change the fact that Iran is still a tremendous violater of human rights. (I've always supported Amnesty International, although lately I feel like a hypocrite in doing so when my own country is violating the Geneva Conventions by torturing suspected terrorists.) Anyway, what I'm speaking of is Iran's treatment of women.

I've lately gotten around to reading Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, which is a marvelous memoir. Aside from being about the transformative power of fiction, it reports on the religious fanaticism that has overtaken Iran. The book is uplifting, sad, and maddening. The situation in Iran has not gotten better for women. They are being imprisoned for doing nothing more than, say, taking part in a women's rights rally. Just this past Saturday, Jelveh Javaheri was arrested for creating the website We4Change, which promotes women's rights in Iran. According to Feministing, Tehran has now taken to setting up women-run police stations to arrest other women who, for example, wear "tight, short coats and skimpy headscarves." Lashings for arrested women are common.

So, visit We4Change. Add your signature to their One Million Signatures Campaign, which is seeking to gather signatures calling for the change of discriminatory laws in Iran.


Margo Moon said...


Joyce said...

Thanks. I'm never really sure petitions do all that much good, but it still would be hard to ignore a million signatures. They've got a long way to go.