New Report: Discrimination Against Women and Girls in Iran
Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:25 PM

Justice for Iran, an NGO whose mission includes advocating for human rights through the United Nations, has submitted to the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice a report on discriminatory laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The report summarizes Iranian laws and practices that discriminate against women and girls in the following areas:
·         Minimum age of marriage;
·         Right to contract marriage;
·         Rights of women during marriage and at its dissolution, including physical and mental integrity, free choice of profession and employment, freedom of movement, transfer of citizenship and nationality, divorce, guardianship and custody of children, and equal share of inheritance;
·         Polygamy; and
·         Stoning as a punishment for zina [adultery or having sex outside marriage].
Justice for Iran concludes its submission by recommending several specific actions that Iran should take in order to meet its international human rights obligations and to eliminate discrimination against women and girls.