One Million Signatures Inside Story

Iran Women's Movement

May 7, 2012

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Our work in support of Iranian human rights activists has focused specifically on bolstering the women’s movement and the One Million Signatures campaign in Iran.

One Million Signatures Campaign

This campaign, founded in 2006, mobilizes a diverse group of activists both on the ground and online to collect signatures, raise awareness, and spark dialogue about the negative impact of discriminatory family laws on women’s lives and on society as a whole, resulting in a dynamic social justice movement.

Widespread Targeting of Journalists Continues with Three Arrests

January 19, 2012

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International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: With only six weeks until the Iranian parliamentary election, security officials have cast a wider net in the capital with the arrest of three journalists. Journalists Parastoo Dokouhaki, Marzieh Rassouli and Sahamoddin Bouraghani are the latest in a series of arrests, following the other recent arrests of journalists Fatemeh Kheradmand and Ehsan Houshmandzadeh, who were detained on 7 January 2012.

Sotoudeh Banned From Visiting Family for Refusing to Wear Chador

October 24, 2011

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International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been banned from having visitations with her family for three weeks.

Publications: One Million Signatures Inside Story in Arabic and Measuring Change Evaluation Manual

October 7, 2011

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Two new resources are available for download from Women’s Learning Partnership:

Arabic edition of Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story

 A comprehensive account of Iranian women activists' successful awareness-raising efforts on a grassroots level.  
— Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Peace Laureate, 2003

Originally published in Iran, and released through the WLP Translation Series in English following Iran’s 2009 presidential election, the book is now available in Arabic.

Women’s Rights Activist in Prison Without Family Contact

October 5, 2011

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International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: An informed source close to 38-year-old women’s rights activist Fereshteh Shirazi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that since her arrest on 3 September 2011 in the city of Amol, she has had very little contact with her family.

UN General Assembly: The situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

September 23, 2011

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United Nations General Assembly Report Summary: 75.The Special Rapporteur wishes to emphasize his desire for constructive dialogue with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the international community and civil society. The Special Rapporteur looks forward to the challenging responsibility of this mandate and to positive outcomes in the field of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story

Women's Learning Partnership Translation Series
Author: Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani

 Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani's book is a moving account of the Iranian women's courageous struggle for rights. The story is both inspirational and instructive. It provides a wonderfully readable guide to movement building in the 21st century. 
— Mary Robinson
President of Ireland, 1990–1997, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997– 2002

Eloquently written by Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani, Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story details the history, strategies, and values that brought together a diverse group of Iranian women, men, and rights activists for the well-known women’s equality campaign. It is a valuable case study of a new model for grassroots movements in the twenty-first century, applicable not only in societies ruled by autocratic governments or influenced by radical fundamentalism, but also in more open and tolerant societies that have yet to achieve full equality for women.

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