Despite facing deeply-embedded cultural and legal discrimination, women in Iran have managed to make significant advancements in academic and professional life in the years following the Revolution of 1978-79.
Although the attitudes of the Iranian public to women's rights are far more varied, the government of the Islamic Republic promotes discriminatory policies and has responded to the peaceful activism of Iran's women's rights movement with systematic oppression. In recent years, many women have been subjected to prison sentences or corporal punishment for their participation in the campaign for One Million Signatures for the Repeal of Discriminatory Laws. The documents below highlight the conditions faced by women in the Islamic Republic today.
- UN Secretary General’s February 2015 Report on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
- English Translation of Books I & II of the New Islamic Penal Code
- UN Secretary General on the situation of human rights in Iran - 11 March 2014
- Why Iranian Women Can’t Have Any of It
- Gender Inequality and Discrimination: The Case of Iranian Women
- All you need to know: A Quick Breakdown of Findings from Dr. Ahmed Shaheed’s Latest Report to the UN Human Rights Council (February 2013)
- The Execution of Women in Iranian Criminal Law: an Examination of the Impact of Gender on Laws Concerning Capital Punishment in the New Islamic Penal Code
- Report of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran - 3-20-2012
- Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran is Renewed by Human Rights Council
- 2012 International Women's Day Message from Fatemeh Goftari