Women's rights in Iran

Women in Iran face widespread discrimination under the law. They do not enjoy equal rights to men in areas such as marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance. 

Iranian Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) defy this injustice and risk their lives every day to fight for women’s rights. Most of the women’s rights defenders who have been arrested and prosecuted have been charged with vaguely worded security offences. Such charges are used by the authorities effectively to limit the activists’ internationally recognised rights to freedom of expression and association. These practises violate international standards such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a state party.

Improving women’s rights in Iran is a priority goal for the Amnesty Iran Group. Our objectives are as follows: 

  1. Raise awareness of gender inequality in the regime with a focus on how women Prisoners of Conscience are treated by the law.
  2. Encourage a positive view of Iranian women human rights defenders where they are not thought of as victims, but rather powerful women fighting for change and justice.
  3. Create and facilitate a dialogue among women human rights defenders. 

The group is currently creating an exhibition highlighting the outstanding courage of the women and men who are defending women’s rights in Iran. This exhibition will be launched in Dublin in September 2011. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition after that, please get in touch with us at irangroup@amnesty.ie