Iran has barred female students from 77 BA and BS degrees in 36 universities. The ban, a clear violation of equal rights for women, has prompted a demand by Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi for a UN human rights investigation.
In the past decade, Iranian female students have consistently outperformed their male counterparts and outnumbered men by three to two ratio in passing this year’s all-important university entrance exam (‘Concours’).
Under the new policy, women undergraduates will be excluded from majors in English literature, English translation, hotel management, archaeology, nuclear physics, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and business management at some of the country’s most prestigious universities. The Oil Industry University, which has several campuses across the country, says it will no longer accept female students at all.
Writing to Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary general, Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights, and Ahmad Shaheed, the UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Shirin Ebadi said the real agenda was to reduce the proportion of female students to below 50% – from around 65% at present – thereby weakening the Iranian feminist movement in its campaign against discriminatory Islamic laws.
"[It] is part of the recent policy of the Islamic Republic, which tries to return women to the private domain inside the home as it cannot tolerate their passionate presence in the public arena," says the letter.
Iran has highest ratio of female to male undergraduates in the world, according to UNESCO. Female students have become prominent in traditionally male-dominated majors like applied sciences and some engineering disciplines.
The science and higher education minister, Kamran Daneshjoo, dismissed the controversy, saying that 90% of degrees remain open to both sexes and that single-gender courses were needed to create "balance." (Telegraph, 20 August)
Pretty soon they will be building separate cities for women.After all, the regime takes its inspiration from Saudi Arabia.
Why do the Irainian men feel so threatened by women???
Vito Marzano / Roma
Idiotic, Stupid, Counter productive not only to the country and nation but also to the regime. This is how regimes crumble , from inside and not from foreign threats that they are building against for so long... Idiots.
@Vito Marsona / Roma
There's two types of men in Iran.
One is the ordinary man who respects woman and doesn't feel threatened.He is the true Iranian man.
The other is the minority of mullahs that takes its inspiration from Arabia therefor not true Iranian.
These creatures feel threatened by woman.That's why they have banned 77 college degrees and would happily put woman behind the kitchen sink.These are the type of so called men that are occupying our country.
Anon 8:37 AM
We Iranian men don't feel threatened by women, just those (especially misandrists) who subscribe to radical feminist beliefs, but that's another topic entirely.
Let's see what Ms. Ebadi says when war breaks out in a few months.
We Iranian men don't feel threatened by women, just those (especially misandrists) who subscribe to radical feminist beliefs, but that's another topic entirely.-----
thank you for the laugh.
Iran, of course, is just overrun with radical feminists....heh, heh, heh, heh, heh.
yup, real trouble is in the offing for you.
Anon 2:07 PM
One is the ordinary man who respects woman and doesn't feel threatened. He is the true Iranian man.
I somewhat disagree. In my book, the true Iranian man only respect a woman who respect herself. He does not respect a woman who she can walk all over.
Anon 9:22 PM......Respect is a two way street.
This subject is about women being banned from 77 plus college degrees.
What this tells us is how paranoid and scared this backward mullahcracy is against the woman of our nation.
Ironically, the West did anything to demonize President Ahmedinejad, who and his wife and daughters tried whatever they could to further women and their education in Iran.
Now, as Ahmedinejad is considerably weakened politically, the West bitterly complains about the misogynous politics of conservative elements, who they emboldened themselves by completely irrational attack threats and sanctions against Iran.
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