Women’s Rights and Democracy: Peaceful Transformation in Iran

The Institute for Inclusive Security | May 2006

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Women in Iran are the driving force behind the country’s reform, as they establish a basis for transformation to democracy in spite of repression and discrimination. Women in government promote women’s rights by allocating funds for women’s empowerment, by working with civil society groups, and by organizing workshops and educational programs to spread awareness of these issues. Iranian women also turn to NGOs who help advance their common cause. Although many newspapers and magazines promoting women’s rights have been shut down, journalists and activists are defying this government censorship, turning to the Internet to disseminate reformist ideas. This publication documents the role of women in gradual, nonviolent societal transformation in Iran.

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