November 18, 2015

Iran: Protect Women’s Rights (UA 260/15)




A discriminatory bill in Iran, that undermines women’s right to decide freely whether and when to marry, divorce and have children, and further entrenches domestic violence as a private “family matter”, has moved one step closer to becoming law after its general principles were passed by an overwhelming majority in Parliament on 2 November.
1) Please write immediately in English, Persian, Arabic or your own language:
  • Calling on the Iranian authorities to withdraw the provisions of Bill 315 that sanction employment discrimination on the basis of gender, marital or parental status, including against teachers, and lawyers practicing family law, and ensure that men and women enjoy equal employment opportunities in law and practice;
  • Urging them to repeal the provisions of Bill 315 that undermine the independence and impartiality of judges and lawyers by giving them financial incentives and promotional opportunities to favour reconciliation over divorce, and ensure that women and men have equal right to divorce, in law and practice;
  • Adopt comprehensive legislation to criminalize all forms of domestic violence, including marital rape, with proportionate penalties, and ensure that survivors of domestic violence have effective access to justice, redress and support services, including shelters, without facing pressure to “reconcile” with their abuser.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 286/14” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.