Iran: Men Scared Of Women’s Success

Iranian ex-patriots have said their government refuses to allow women to advance in society because they are scared of what they will achieve.

The two ex-patriots say the Iranian government is intentionally keeping women under shrouds to prevent them from rising to the same level as men.

“I think that they don’t let woman in(to power) because they are scared because they know that a woman is capable of so much…and they are scared to let her succeed…(They are scared that) she is better than them.”, said ex-patriot Iman Almatary.

This follows fresh reports showing a rising trend in Iranian women enrolling in university – according to the International Journal of Science, some 70% of Iranian University graduates are women.

“Part of the reason for more women in university education seems to be that many young men are more interested in making money”, said BBC reporter Frances Harrison.

Although many men enter the workplace early, women are tempted to stay in universities longer because their pay rate is dismal compared to their male counterparts of the same education level.

“The pay for women is still at least half the amount they would pay men for the same work”, said Mariam Alhazaa, an Iranian student who now lives in Australia.

A woman receiving half of a man’s pay packet is indicative of Iran’s Islamic revolutionist law:

“The “Deyeh (worth)” of a Muslim woman is half of the “Deyeh (worth)” of a Muslim man.” (Article 300 of the Iranian Penal Code).

That is, by law the life of an Iranian woman has half the value of an Iranian man in Islamic criminal law.

Iranian women's protest

Iranian women's protest

According to ex-patriot Mrs. Almatary, Iran’s laws are also unfavorable to women in regards to divorce and custody of children.

“…My friend got divorced with her husband and he got custody of the kids (as the one with the income) as stated in the Quran law and Iranian law. He did not allow her to see the kids and because she was a divorced woman the courts did not respect her legally.” said Mrs. Almatary.

After divorce, Iran’s constitution automatically grants custody of male children over the age of 6 and female children over the age of 10 to the father. Unless expressly directed by the courts, the father is not required to grant any visitation rights to the mother.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Since Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1976 such laws have become accepted and with the June re-election of conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – known for his support of such oppressive laws – they look set to continue.

Although President Ahmadinejad has met with wide appraisal for naming three women in his 2009 governmental cabinet, he is not without skeptics.

“They put (on) three women so people wouldn’t complain about sexism. Even Iraq had more women in the government…at higher places.”, said Mrs. Almatary.

Many believe it is now the time for Iran’s increasing population of tertiary educated women to step up, a view shared by Massoumeh Umidvar a student and working mother.

“We women want to show we are here and we have a lot to say – for years we have lived under the heavy shadow of men – our fathers and brothers and now we want to come out of that”, she said.

Below is Youtube clip of images from an Iranian protest in gaining women’s rights – check it out!:


~ by berwickgroup2 on October 8, 2009.

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