Claiming Our Rights Through Nonviolent Movement-Building: Leaders of the "One Million Signatures" campaign to reform discriminatory laws were persecuted and jailed for long terms on trumped-up charges, and exiled. Those leaders are now scattered, but the movement has still spread throughout Iran’s population and is awaiting an opening to resurface. Read More >
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.
Four years have passed since the start of our struggle for equality. Four years filled with major changes and upheavals for the people of Iran. A Series of Articles to Commemorate the Campaign's 4th Anniversary. Read More >
Ms. Kalhori’s case, however, mobilized a group of lawyers and transnational women’s activists who were concerned that this unmentionable punishment was in fact becoming more commonplace. From this seed, the “Stop Stoning Forever” campaign, and ultimately the work of Women’s Field (Meydaan), a trailblazing website and network of women’s rights activists in Iran, took root. Read More >