Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Suffering Enfranchisement in Iran

Now more than ever the women of Iran deserve universal support! I am writting something that indeed I dont like to write because I dont like politics and its wyrd and uncanny branches that supports corruption, depravation and old meaningless systems, a system that is not meant for its own countrywoman's, a system that is MEN oriented, not MAN oriented ( I feel shame to call all these diplomatic jargons, MAN) but there is something called Enough ....

The suffragettes have been an inspiration for countless women around the world. This month it will be exactly 80 years since their momentous struggle led to the Bill for full women's Right To Vote being presented to Parliament.

Women in most of the developing countries are leading a discrimination-free utopia, a law, for them. This is what necessitated to be done in Iran - laws that protect and empower their own countrywomen! Instead, what had been implemented are laws for men that is institutionaly bias. The law looks disfavourably on Iranian women - literally with a male face.

Since the 1979 Revolution, Iranian women have been forbidden from serving as judges. Why? In Iran a woman's evidence in court is worth half that of a man. Why? Men can have multiple wives, while younger girls are forced to marry, older men. Why? Sentences of stoning to death for adultery are still imposed. Why? Divorce is accomplishable only and only after the consent of a selfish husband. Why?

Such whole disproportionate on women is indeed a practice denounced as grotesque and horrific and it is clearly stated in holy Al' Quraan (An-Nisa 4:19) that you are forbidden to inherit women against their will, and you should not treat them with harshness and that you live with them honorably. If you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing and who obeys, Allah brings through it a great deal of good ..

Well, what are the 35 million women and girls in Iran able to do about this? Iran should be proud of their women. Instead, the authorities are out to get them and treat them harshly? And than a Solitary Confinement. Why? Dozens of equality campaigners in Iran are either already behind bars or facing imprisonment in what Amnesty calls an “acute” campaign of harassment from the Iranian authorities.

I have a request for President Ahmadinejad. What about unlocking the fantastic potential of the Iranian woman? A hundred years ago women in Iran battled to establish girls' schools in a fight that preceded even Emmeline Pankhurst and her redoubtable sister campaigners.
A century later, with educated young Iranian women making up two thirds of university students. You are a nation bursting with female ability! Why not use them, the woman power, unlocking the hidden beauty of Persia and make the country - an integrated super power, where man and woman share and get equal rights? So that no more woman shed tears .. So that Persia stand tall ....

Arco, Switzerland

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