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Sexism in Iran

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Salma Abd el Kader

on 7 May 2014

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Sexism in Iran
Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, sexism has prevailed in Iran and although there are some improvements, the problem remains deep in the culture.
Method and Abstract
* Decided on topic in conference.
* Research included other conferences, online journals and the library.
* This topic discusses women in Iran and how they are unfairly treated.
* Included many real-life examples to strengthen my argument.
* Survey conducted.
* Audience were half male half female, half between 18-25 and half over 25.
* Mostly everyone agreed that women in Iran are unfairly treated and that they don't agree with that.
* In 1979, the revolution occured in Iran resulting in the first Islamic President.
* Throughout the war and the upcoming years, all presidents of Iran have declared an Islamic Republic.
* This was the beginning of the sexism.
Influence of Religion
* Iranian government using Shia Islam as a cover up for passing out discrimination laws.
* Islam states: There is no compulsion in religion meaning you can't forcefully make anyone do anything.
* There are a lot of interpretations in Islam and everyone is free to use which ever one they see appropriate.
Women's Organizations
* There are a lot of women's organizations in Iran.
* These women are looked at as being disgraceful just for fighting for their rights.
* They also risk their lives: 23 year old Neda Agha Soltan was shot in a protest.
* Achieved things like right to vote and drive but not nearly enough.
Education in Iran
* 85% of Iranians over 15 are litterate.
* Very good figure.
Iranians do not lack education which mean that the problem has nothing to do with education.
* Most universities have banned women from studying many majors.
* Segregation in libraries, lectures and cafeterias.
The Role of Tradition
* Iran is a very traditional country.
* Some believe that even if government changes laws, families won't change their traditions.
* Government is scared of giving women more rights because the elderly will refuse it.
* Movie adaptation of book.
* Real life story of Marjane Strapi
* Shows the struggles of women living in Iran from the revolution onwards.
* Marjane, an average woman had to eventually leave Iran and her family behind for good when she couldn't stand the life she was forced into anymore.
* Iranian women are unfairly treated and no one is helping.
* They are now exposed to the internet and more of the world which will hopefully help them fight harder for heir rights.
* Some rights have been accomplished but still a long way to go.
Tradition and religion play the greatest role in this issue.
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