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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Making a Change 102 - Women's rights in Iran

If you're as concerned as I am about women's rights in Iran (and the rest of the world), chances are you're also frustrated about what little there is that we can do. However, little does not mean nothing. The truth is, women in Iran are struggling to improve their lives even in these desperate times and though they will be the ones changing the system, they need every bit of help that we can offer.

Yesterday I spoke to a young well known activist who recently moved to the Netherlands to study journalism. She's been involved in the one million signatures campaign in Iran, and has faced harassment by the government. In our conversation she made a few interesting remarks. First of all she stressed to me how important it is for women to become financially independant. As in Europe a few decades ago legal equality alone doesn't mean much if women still have to depend on fathers and husbands.

She also told me how much the movement would be helped with books and films.

My question to you, the reader is the following, which books and films would you send to Iran? What are books that have informed and inspired you? What are the films that opened your eyes? Let's make a list together!

In the mean time, here's a link to the English site of the movement:



Tori said...

"Gate to Women's Country" by Sherri S. Tepper


Sahand Sahebdivani said...

Thanks! I'll add it to the list.