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Südwind Written Statement

Discrimination against women in the I. R. of Iran: women & employment

June 2015

Iran is one of the oldest members of International Labour Organisation (ILO), which implies non-discrimination between men and women in employment in the labour market. This report highlights the case of women specialist care doctors, who are treated differently than their male counterparts in employment due to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education regulations. It also refers to gender quota on the initial phase of employment in the government agencies and the problems that ensues for women.


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Südwind Written Statement

UN Executive Board Members Should Respect Human and Women's Rights

June 2015

The UN human rights approach is not fully reflected in the processes for nominating and electing executive board members as the governing body of different organs, since highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights seem to be no binding condition of membership. For instance the Islamic Republic of Iran serves on various UN bodies, including the governing council of the U.N refugee agency (UNHCR), the executive board of the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP).

The I. R. Iran was reelected to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women and will become in January 2016 a member of the executive board of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women). Though as reported by the Secretary-General the Women’s rights in the I.R. Iran remain a priority concern, particularly underage marriages and the underrepresentation of women in the labour force and in decision-making positions.


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Written statement Südwind

Female Genital Mutilation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

26th Session of the HRC

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one of the most brutal forms of violence imposed on women by the name of religion, tradition and customs. Although FGM is generally associated with the African countries but the practice, though not as widely, still exists in some northern west, west and southern parts of Iran and for that in many other non- African countries.
This report highlights the degree, the type, method and underlying reasons of genital mutilation of girls and women in the Kurdish regions and parts of the southern ports of Iran (Hormozgan province).


Written statement Südwind

The Situation of Women in the I.R. of Iran

25th Session of the HRC

The Islamic Republic of Iran has insistently denied the existence of discrimination against women in law.1 Nevertheless, the parliament and the government have consistently presented numerous bills and regulations limiting women, among which are: “Gender segregation at some universities and negative gender quota”, “The veil & chastity” regulation, “Family bill”, “Comprehensive population growth strategy and the family development bill” and many more. The macro-strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is driving women into the margins of employment and social arena.

The aim of this strategy is allegedly: “Increasing the quality and quantity of population in the future”. Nevertheless,some of the articles in the Bill have devastating effects on the lives of women.


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Written statement Südwind

Contemporary forms of slavery; The situation of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran

24th regular session of the Human Rights Council (9 - 27 September 2013)

Iran has ratified “The Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery” in December 1959. Yet extreme economic inequality and poverty in addition with harmful traditional practices have prevented the country to eradicate the problem. Though there are no official and/or unofficial statistics covering the new forms of slavery in Iran, an increase in the number can be anticipated considering the raise in poverty, especially in the recent years. The Contemporary forms of slavery in Iran include slavery due to family debt (bonded labor), compulsory work, servitude and sexual exploitation of women and little girls, sex trade, forced marriage for women, polygamy, girls’ early marriage, traffic in women for prostitution, traffic in children for their organs, recruiting children to smuggle narcotics, underage military service (child soldiers) to be recruited in armed conflicts, unpaid labor, working in home-based workshops, working in workshops with less than 5 workers and child servitude. The case is usually exacerbated by officials from government or military ranks or special mafia groups supporting the violation as well as by written and unwritten laws against women’s rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Written statement Südwind

Discrimination and violence against women in the Islamic
Republic of Iran both in private and public


23rd regular session of the Human Rights Council (27 May - 14 June 2013)

Discrimination and violence against women in the Islamic
Republic of Iran both in private and public Women of Iran are rated second class citizens and the state’s macro polities are geared to drive them into the margins of society. They had been kept away from high office and decision-making posts.

Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, and in the span of 8 rounds of elections and out of 2860 deputies, only 54 women had won seats in the parliament.1 No woman has ever been approved to run for presidential elections. The Islamic Republic of Iran prefers women as housewives to stay at home and bear and raise children. In the past 8 years, unemployment among women has doubled.


Written statement Südwind

Discrimination and violence against women in the Islamic
Republic of Iran both in private and public


23rd regular session of the Human Rights Council (27 May - 14 June 2013)

Discrimination and violence against women in the Islamic
Republic of Iran both in private and public Women of Iran are rated second class citizens and the state’s macro polities are geared to drive them into the margins of society. They had been kept away from high office and decision-making posts.

Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, and in the span of 8 rounds of elections and out of 2860 deputies, only 54 women had won seats in the parliament.1 No woman has ever been approved to run for presidential elections. The Islamic Republic of Iran prefers women as housewives to stay at home and bear and raise children. In the past 8 years, unemployment among women has doubled.


Iran: UN experts concerned at barring of women presidential candidates and freedom restrictions

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Iran rejects women presidential candidates


Member of council that vets candidates for the post says constitution does not allow a woman to run for presidency.

A member of Iran's constitutional watchdog group has said women cannot be presidential candidates, deleting the largely symbolic bids by about 30 women seeking to run in the June 14 election.


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Südwind: Written Statement on Continuation of discrimination against women in the Islamic Republic of Iran

22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (25 February - 22 March 2013)

This report has been compiled by a number of women’s rights activists and highlights the worsening situation of women. Following the 1979 revolution women are legally discriminated, impacting on their private and public life.
As mentioned in various oral statements to the human rights council, repression against women activists has carried on increasing systematically.
Legislation and policy-making born out of the 2005 Chastity and Hijab Directive aggravated the problem and the scope of discrimination and violence against women widened.


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Women are mainly to blame for domestic violence!
The video of "Women are mainly to blame for domestic violence!" helps us to recognize the aspects of domestic violence against women. In domestic violence, there are details which remain unseen. There are always untrue definitions about the concept of violence.


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Südwind: Written Statement on Gender Discrimination in Education

Twentieth session of the Human Rights Council
(18 June - 6 July 2012)

Gender discrimination is a serious issue within the educational system in Iran. It can be seen portrayed in textbooks, and implemented through the prohibition of physical education for girls and the banishment of poor girls who were sold into marriage from the school system, not to mention placing a glass ceiling for women in decision making and education administration.


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PUBLIC STATEMENT

Iran: Parliament ignores concerns of independent civil society organisations over draft bill
Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi and nine human and labour rights organizations today expressed dismay at parliamentary proceedings in Iran which look set to pass into law a bill which appears intended to wipe out independent civil society in the country, in violation of international standards on freedom of association and assembly, which Iran is obliged to uphold.



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