By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
We have been lucky in the past three years that a couple of pigeons have found a home for their nest on top of the cupboard on our north side balcony. This year we believe that the chicks from last year came and made their nest in the same place. We have a few photographs of our pigeon's offspring that we took, taking great care not to disturb them.
Writing for Payvand has brought me
many good things, in particular finding new friends, many of whom write to me
and, when they are in
One such friend is F who for me is
like a dear niece in my heart. This
lady has an Iranian mother and a Swedish father. She was in
Recently, I accepted an invitation to be on a committee of volunteers and activists who want to try to change the particular law which specifies that Iranian nationality can only be passed to a child through his or her father. They campaign for the right of Iranian nationality to be given to the children of Iranian mothers who have married foreigners. The campaign has a website where you may find out more.
One of the aims of this campaign has
already been reached. The Iranian
Parliament (Majlis) last month passed a law granting the children of Iranian
mothers the right to apply for Iranian citizenship after they reach 18 years of
age. This bill has to be approved
by other higher councils in order to be applicable and become law. It does not however apply to those
children who were not born in
I am writing this piece in order to let you know about the issues here at large and to also ask your help. If you know anyone who is in the same situation please ask them to contact me or write to the campaign directly. We are gathering cases in order to show the lawmakers that there are many who are affected by this situation which is yet another discrimination against women. We can only hope and pray that this change happens soon and one by one, all such laws that discriminate against women change as well. Inshallah!
... Payvand News - 10/6/06 ... --