Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Iranian women's movement fights on

Yesterday I did an interview on Iranian women's role in the current upheaval with Mary Glenney who hosts a radio program dealing with women's issues on WMNF-FM in Tampa, Florida. I just wrote a column on this subject on Friday.

Iranian women's movement fights on

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Yesterday I did an interview on Iranian women's role in the current upheaval with Mary Glenney who hosts a radio program dealing with women's issues on WMNF-FM in Tampa, Florida. I just wrote a column on this subject on Friday.

I promised that I would post the website for the remarkeable One Million Signatures campaign which hundreds of women have been conducting in Iran since 2007 in an effort to press their parliament to revise laws that discriminate against women. Many of their leaders had been jailed even before the current revolt, but they are bound to have been inspired to fight on as they watched the central role of women in the last few weeks. The current regime may try to ignores that fact, but it will continue to haunt them. 

The website is:http://www.we-change.org/english/ and I suggest that you watch the short video that describes the women's efforts. It should inspire an international campaign by women's groups in support of greater rights for Iranian women, no matter who is in power.

Trudy Rubin Inquirer Opinion Columnist
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Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

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