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Iranian women activits list their own demands

Source: Radio Zamaneh

A group of Iranian women activists issued a statement listing their own solutions to the current crisis in the country. They maintain that the proposals put forth by opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi "neglect" the demands of women.

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The statement lists: "annulment of all discriminatory and anti-women laws, recognition of women's right to their body and mind, ending violence against women and prosecution of all perpetrators of the crimes committed in the past thirty years" as solutions for exiting the current crisis.

They add that women's issues are a major part of the current crisis and "no solution will be effective" without recognizing and trying to resolve these issues.

The statement also supports general demands such as "freedom of thought, speech and assembly." While calling for an end to torture and the death penalty, they also express their support for "the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners."

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in Tehran on December 27.

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Some of these demands are similar to those included in the proposals by Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

The statement emphasizes that the demand of the women community "is not changing the president or limiting the power of the leadership; but rather the realization of fundamental and structural changes."

Shadi Amin, Golrokh Jahanguiri, Fariba Davoudi, Shadi Sadr, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh and Shahla Abghari are amongst the signatories of this statement.

Women fought back the attacking security forces in Tehran on December 27.

Women have played a major role in the recent protests in Iran and scores of women's activists have been detained and imprisoned for their participation in the protests.

In November, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi condemned the violent treatment of women by government forces during the protests.

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