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Prospects for feminism in the Islamic Republic of Iran

journal contribution
posted on 2023-10-26, 04:22 authored by Shahram AkbarzadehShahram Akbarzadeh, Rebecca Barlow
There is a stark contrast between the level of Iranian women’s social and political engagement and what the conservative regime prescribes. The gap between the reality of women’s participation in public life and their restricted legal status has emboldened women’s groups to campaign for legal reforms. But the Iranian regime has adopted an uncompromising position in relation to such demands. This is seen as an existential matter for the state. As a result, the Islamic regime has adopted a highly intolerant and repressive approach to women’s groups. This is most evident in relation to secular-oriented feminists, such as the Nobel Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, driving a wedge between the latter and the more religiously-oriented feminists.

History

Journal

Human rights quarterly

Volume

30

Pagination

21-40

Location

Baltimore, Md.

ISSN

0275-0392

eISSN

1085-794X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2008, The Johns Hopkins University Press

Issue

1

Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press