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Iran: Gender Apartheid?

by Mike Fegelman

According to Radio Free Europe, Iranian police, "especially armed female officers with batons," violently dispersed a women’s rights gathering in Tehran and detained more than 50 people.

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"According to the interpretation of Islamic laws applied in Iran, a woman’s testimony in court is worth half of a man’s, women’s divorce rights are negligible, and women need the permission of their father or husband to travel."

Prominent women’s rights activist Mahboubeh Abbass-Gholizadeh:

"Under the current conditions — in which a woman who wants to travel needs her husband’s permission, in which academic places, universities, scientific locations, and recreational places like coffee shops are segregated — women or young girls cannot easily gain access to public places…. Some places in Iran are generally designated ‘For Men Only.’"

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