Saturday, April 7, 2007

The One-Million Signatures Campaign Continues

Women activists involved in the One-Million Signatures campaign, collecting one million signatures on a petition to change Islamic Republic’s gender-based discriminatory laws, report that five of the campaign workers were arrested last Monday while collecting signatures during the Sizdah-bedar ceremonies at Park Laleh in Tehran. Three were released on Tuesday, but two, Nahid Keshavarz and Mahboubeh Hosseinzadeh, have been transferred to Evin prison.

On Friday, more than 1,000 social activists and leading political and cultural personalities published an open letter asking for the immediate release of Keshavarz and Hosseinzadeh (pictured here).

Women in Iran are calling for equal rights with men, equal rights in divorce, equal rights in child custody, and equal rights in inheritance. Islamic Republic’s disregard of women’s rights and the growing movement to achieve women’s rights is becoming a major political and social movement in Iran.

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