Impact and significance of the 2016 ‘Campaign to Change the Male Face of Parliament’ in Iran

Barlow, Rebecca and Nejati, Fatemeh 2017, Impact and significance of the 2016 ‘Campaign to Change the Male Face of Parliament’ in Iran, Social movement studies, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 361-368, doi: 10.1080/14742837.2016.1271741.

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Title Impact and significance of the 2016 ‘Campaign to Change the Male Face of Parliament’ in Iran
Author(s) Barlow, RebeccaORCID iD for Barlow, Rebecca
Nejati, Fatemeh
Journal name Social movement studies
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 361
End page 368
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1474-2837
Keyword(s) Iran
Summary Iranian women have never represented more than 5.9% of sittingparliamentarians in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This compares poorlywith relevant regional and global averages. In the lead up to the 2016parliamentary elections, the women’s movement took action to address thelow representation of women in the legislature by launching the ‘Campaignto Change the Male Face of Parliament’. The Campaign did not reach its goalof achieving 50 seats for women in the 2016–2020 Parliament. It was alsosubject to some criticism for effectively (or apparently) legitimising whatmany women view as a broken form of government unable to promote andprotect women’s rights in any meaningful sense. However, the Campaignwas an important exercise in democracy and had significant higher-orderimpacts on voter behaviour and women’s capacities. Through personalcommunication with three Campaign activists, this profile provides anauthoritative account of the Campaign experience and its impact andsignificance for the future of women’s empowerment in Iran.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14742837.2016.1271741
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
16 Studies In Human Society
20 Language, Communication And Culture
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
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