Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign

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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 is a continuation of Iranian women’s century-long struggle for gender equality.

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.

Alerts & Updates
December 15, 2012 | Human Rights, Iran, Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign, OMS Inside Story
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 CampaignThis 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.
October 7, 2011 | Iran, Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign, Middle East, Leadership, Measuring Change, OMS 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 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.
September 9, 2011 | Iran, Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign, Middle East
Faranak Farid, Women’s Rights Activist Arrested in TabrizChange for Equality: Faranak Farid, poet, translator and women’s rights and Campaign activist, was arrested on Saturday, September 3, 2011 in the city of Tabriz. According to eyewitness accounts, she was arrested in the Amin intersection in the city of Tabriz.
August 13, 2011 | Human Rights, Human Rights Alerts, Iran, Iran's One Million Signatures Campaign, Middle East
Change for Equality: In a letter addressed to judicial authorities and the head of the prosecutor’s office at Evin prison, the detained lawyer, political prisoner, and human rights activists, Nasrin Sotoudeh, announced that in protest to the inhumane and unacceptable treatment of her children, husband and sister during their last visitation, including a five-hour detention, she has decided to refrain from any such visitations in order to protect her children from any further harm.
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