Women act against repression in Iran.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Feminists (Achievements and awards)
Women's rights
Pub Date: 06/01/2008
Publication: Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126
Issue: Date: June, 2008 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 2
Persons: Named Person: Ardalan, Parvin
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Iran Geographic Code: 7IRAN Iran
Accession Number: 184550014
Full Text: Parvin Ardalan, one of the founding members of the One Million Signatures Campaign and a longtime women's rights activist, has been awarded the Olof Palme Prize for 2007, in honour of her achievements and activism designed to achieve equal rights for women.

Women in Iran face far reaching discrimination under the law. They are denied equal rights in marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance. Evidence given by a woman in court is worth half that given by a man. A girl of 13 can be forced to marry a much older man if her father permits it. Efforts to challenge such forms of discrimination are viewed with suspicion by the authorities and are met with intimidation and repression.

On 3 March security officials barred Parvin Ardalan from leaving Iran to accept the award. Two other members in the campaign for a million signatures against discrimination, Raheleh Asgarizadeh and Nasim Khosravi, were arrested and charged with "propaganda against the state" while collecting signatures in a local park; the campaign's website has been blocked seven times by authorities; and Iran's sole feminist magazine, Zanan, had its publishing license revoked in January. Though the two activists were later released, the crackdown on the women's rights movement in Iran continues.

Source: Change for Equality, Nobel Women's Initiative and the wire
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