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Iran Women's Movement

December 15, 2012

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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 Campaign

This 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. Read more1 »

Publications: One Million Signatures Inside Story in Arabic and Measuring Change Evaluation Manual

October 7, 2011

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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.

Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story

Women's Learning Partnership Translation Series
Author: Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani

 Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani's book is a moving account of the Iranian women's courageous struggle for rights. The story is both inspirational and instructive. It provides a wonderfully readable guide to movement building in the 21st century. 
— Mary Robinson
President of Ireland, 1990–1997, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997– 2002

Eloquently written by Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani, Iranian Women's One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story details the history, strategies, and values that brought together a diverse group of Iranian women, men, and rights activists for the well-known women’s equality campaign. It is a valuable case study of a new model for grassroots movements in the twenty-first century, applicable not only in societies ruled by autocratic governments or influenced by radical fundamentalism, but also in more open and tolerant societies that have yet to achieve full equality for women.

Other Resources

  • Facts and Figures: Gender-disaggregated statistics to highlight inequitable patterns on Political Participation, Quotas, Education, Employment and Heatlh, and General Country Overview Data
  • Family Law Reform: Advocacy, Legal and Comparative Resources
  • Political Participation: Women's Representation in Politics Data, Quotas database and analysis, and International Legal Agreements
  • Women, Peace and Security: UN Security Council Resolutions, National Action Plans and Violence Against Women Resources
  • Women's Human Rights: International Legal Agreements, and CEDAW Advocacy, Legal Cases and Country Comparison

Directory of Women Leaders

This section contains an online Directory of Women Leaders, particularly those from the Global South and those working on Global South issues. Designed to be used as a reference resource, the Directory seeks to increase the visibility of women leaders and help connect individuals, organizations, and networks who focus on women's human rights, democracy and civil society, peace and conflict resolution, information and communication technologies, and international development, among other issues. Read more1 »

Books

Translation Series

WLP's Translation Series seeks to make available translations of important works developed in the Global South for the advancement of women's human rights. The series increases awareness of activists' advocacy work in the Global South in the academic, policy, and funding community. Read more1 »

Learning Tools

WLP produces culture-specific training curriculum for women in the Global South, particularly Muslim-majority societies. In cooperation with WLP, these training materials are translated, adapted, and tested by women's organizations indigenous to the intended participant group. Read more1 »

The Campaign from a Different Perspective: A Series of Articles to Commemorate the Campaign's 4th Anniversary

August 30, 2010

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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 Campaign which started with the goal of changing ten laws, from numerous discriminatory laws in Iran’s legal code, is today facing both encouragement and criticism.

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