Women’s Rights, Freedoms and Equality for Women in Future Iran

1. Fundamental freedoms and rights • Irrespective of their ethnicity, religion, social class or demographics, women everywhere, in whatever village or city, must have the same rights as men in all economic, social and political spheres. Discrimination against women must be abolished in all its forms(2). • Women are free to choose their place of residence, occupation, and education. They must have the opportunity to travel freely, have the right to freely choose their clothing and spouse, and have the right to leave the country, to obtain foreign citizenship, to devolve citizenship to their children, to divorce, and to obtain custody and guardianship over children(3). 2. Equality before the law • Women must enjoy protection of the law equal to men(4). 3. Freedom of choosing one’s own clothing • The law of forced veiling shall be repealed(5). 4. Equal participation in political leadership • Women shall enjoy the right to participate “in the formulation of government policy and the implementation thereof and to hold public office and perform all public functions at all levels of government.”(7) • Women must specifically enjoy the right to equal participation in the country’s political leadership(8). 5. Equality in the economic sphere • Women shall enjoy equal rights as men in terms of inheritance, entering contracts and management of property(9). • Women shall have equal opportunities as men in the labor market(10). 6. Equality in the family • Polygamy is prohibited(11). • Women shall have the rights to obtain custody over their children(12). 7. Prohibition of violence • Various forms of violence(13) against women, acts of intimidation or forcible deprivation of their freedoms shall be considered crimes. 8. Prohibition of sexual exploitation • Any form of sexual exploitation of women under any pretext shall be prohibited and all customs, laws and regulations which allow the parents, guardian or a third party related to a girl or woman to give away the latter to another party for sexual pleasure or exploitation under the pretext of marriage or anything else shall be annulled(15). 9. Repealing Mullahs’ Sharia laws • Emphasis shall be “to repeal all national penal provisions which constitute discrimination against women.(16)” • Appalling and brutal laws such as stoning shall be repealed(17). • All laws authorizing crimes against women under familial pretexts shall be repealed(18). 10. Social benefits • The government shall assume responsibility for supporting single women who provide for their families(19).

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