Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sorting out policy goals

Iran's president and supreme leader are at odds about the roles for women in Iranian society. Are they telling different publics what they want to hear to maintain support from everyone?

Iran President Rouhani urges equal rights for women
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged equal opportunities and rights for men and women, and condemned sexual discrimination.

In a speech marking Women's Day, Mr Rouhani criticised "those who consider women's presence society as a threat" and said Iran still had "a long way to go" to ensure gender equality…

Speaking on Sunday at the National Forum on Women Shaping Economy and Culture in Tehran, Mr Rouhani said: "We will not accept the culture of sexual discrimination."

"Women must enjoy equal opportunity, equal protection and equal social rights," he said in comments that were broadcast live on television…

However, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, said in comments on Saturday that gender equality was "one of the biggest mistakes of the Western thought".

"Justice is a right. But equality is sometimes right and sometimes wrong," he said, according to his personal website…

The London-based human rights group Amnesty International said in its 2013 report on Iran that women there "faced discrimination in law and practice in relation to marriage and divorce, inheritance, child custody, nationality and international travel"…

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