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Women and Equality in Iran: Law, Society and Activism

Women and Equality in Iran: Law, Society and Activism
Leila Alikarami

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Iran's continued retention of discriminatory laws stands in stark contrast to the advances Iranian women have made in other spheres since the Revolution in 1979. Leila Alikarami here aims to determine the extent to which the actions of women's rights activists have led to a significant change in their legal status. She argues that while Iranian women have not yet obtained legal equality, the gender bias of the Iranian legal system has been successfully challenged and has lost its legitimacy. More pertinently, the social context has become more prepared to accommodate legal rights for women. Highlighting the key challenges that proponents of gender equality face in the Muslim context, Alikarami attempts to ascertain the causes of Iran's failure to ratify the CEDAW and questions whether and to what extent interpretations of Islamic principles prevent Iran from doing so. Applying feminist legal theory to contemporary Iran, Alikarami's approach re-evaluates the underlying principles that have shaped the struggle for equal rights between the sexes.

Table of Contents

  • IntroductionChapter 1: The Political and Legal System of the Islamic Republic of IranChapter 2: Iranian Women Demanding Equal Rights: The Case of Iran's Criminal CodeChapter 3: Iranian Women's Struggle for Gender Equality: The Case of Iran's Civil CodeChapter 4: The Development of Universal Standards on Gender Equality: CEDAWChapter 5: The Argument over CEDAW in Iran Chapter 6: The One Million Signatures Campaign: Domestic Discourse on Gender EqualityConclusion

Author Info

Leila Alikarami holds a PhD from SOAS. She is a practicing lawyer and human rights activist who grew up in Tehran, where she completed her legal training with Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi in Tehran. Since 2001, Alikarami has focused on women's and children's rights and in 2009 she accepted the RAW in War (Reach All Women in War) Anna Politkovskaya Award on behalf of the women of Iran and the One Million Signatures campaign.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Iranian Studies

ISBN: 9781784533168
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2018
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 138

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