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President Rouhani and Iran’s ‘Woman Question’ after one year in office

Barlow, Rebecca L. 2015, President Rouhani and Iran’s ‘Woman Question’ after one year in office, Ortadogu etutleri, vol. 7, no. 1, July, pp. 38-57.

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Title President Rouhani and Iran’s ‘Woman Question’ after one year in office
Author(s) Barlow, Rebecca L.
Journal name Ortadogu etutleri
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Season July
Start page 38
End page 57
Total pages 20
Publisher ORSAM: Centre for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies
Place of publication Ankara, Turkey
Publication date 2015
Keyword(s) Islamic Republic of Iran
President Rouhani
The Iranian women’s movement
Patriarchy
Islam
Islamic feminism
Summary Is the Islamic Republic capable of accommodating gender reform? What does the election of reformist President Hassan Rouhani mean for the country’s women? And after one year in office, has his government offered a meaningful response to the ‘woman question’? This paper examines the socio-political climate around women and their position in Iranian society inherited by the Rouhani administration, and analyses the extent to which Rouhani has the authority to oversee real policy change on women’s status. Through a critical review of Rouhani’s first year in office, the author argues that there are some promising signs of change, but these are up against a culture of patriarchy that is entrenched amongst Iran’s political and clerical elite, whose view of women is that of the homemaker and caregiver, with limited public agency.
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940202 Electoral Systems
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, ORSAM: Centre for Middle Eatern Strategic Studies
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