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Support Iranian Women's Demonstration

Support Iranian Women's Demonstration on June 12
A Collective Action Against the Legal Discrimination

My dear friends,

Last year, many of you endorsed this pro-women's rights demonstration waged by a coalition of Iranian women activists inside Iran. Your names stand distinctively in their documents published in Iran as supporters of women's rights in Iran. Would you kindly consider signing this appeal again (see below and also the attachment) for they want to stage another demo in the anniversary of that successful action which is considered a turning point in Iranian women's movement, hence June 12th (22nd of Khordad) has been designated as the Iranian Women's National Day. Last year it was evident that such international supports, especially by prominent human rights advocates can give women activists some protection and may help minimize the police attack and violence against them. Over 600 Iranian prominent women and men activists and journalists, including Shirin Ebadi, Simin Behbahani, Mehrangiz Kar, and Pouran Farrokhzad have already joined this call.

You can support this action either by adding the name of your organization or your own name and affiliation as an individual by emailing at: info@herlandmag.com


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We, the undersigned, would like to express our support for Iranian women in their continued struggle to gain equal rights under the civil and penal codes of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Specifically, we support Iranian women in their peaceful protest scheduled for June 12, 2006 demanding the end to all forms of legal discrimination and changes to the following laws: Banning of polygamy; equal divorce rights Equal child custody rights for mothers and fathers; Equal rights in marriage (like women's right to choose her own employment, travel freely, etc); Increase in the legal age of children to 18 years of age (currently girls are viewed as adults at 9 years of age and boys at 15 years of age, making them eligible to be tried as adults); Equal value placed on women's testimony in court; and Elimination of temporary work contracts which disproportionately and negatively impact women.

You can support this action either by adding the name of your organization or your own name and affiliation as an individual by emailing at: info@herlandmag.com
http://herlandmag.com/issue6/06,06,04,12,39,37/
http://herlandmag.com/news/06,06,07,12,33,14/.


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