Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign

Iranian women’s rights activists are fighting gender apartheid through the “One Million Signatures” campaign, which aims to collect one million signatures to demand an end to discriminatory laws against women. At present, men have the sole right to divorce and except in special cases, the right to custody of children. One man’s testimony equals that of two women. And certain positions, such as that of a judge, are closed to women.

The campaign aims to collect one million signatures in support of granting women equal legal status with men. It is a continuation of Iranian women’s century-long struggle for gender equality.

The strength of the campaign rests on the bottom-up strategy, the interaction between activists and ordinary women, the peaceful and non-violent approach to legal reform, and on stressing the importance of each woman’s agency and choice. The dialogue and the learning help transform the political culture and provide the building blocks of a dynamic social justice movement.

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January 11, 2012 | Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign, Middle East, Leadership, Iran, Measuring Change, One Million Signatures Inside Story
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 EbadiNobel Peace Laureate, 2003Originally 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.
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