Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard announced that gender equality and establishing equal opportunities for all is a "non-negotiable demand" for the Iranian reform movement.
Rahnavard told Jaras that every human being should be availed of equality in
terms of the law, social opportunities and freedoms.
She added that achieving gender equality is "more arduous" than achieving freedom and democracy.
She condemned the recent family legislation passing through the Iranian parliament, saying: "The current government is trying to create a national image of the Islamic family with a fundamentalist stance just to create an image of male/female relationship that is different from the West."
She claimed, the Islamic Republic government is trying to insinuate that the Western man is "loose and lustful" but the "Islamic Republic system has religious frameworks to contain man's urges."
Rahanvard emphasized that the so-called Family Protection Bill is based on a "patriarchal and dictatorial worldview" and as such a threat to the integrity of the family.
The new Family Protection Bill that is currently passing through the Iranian parliament has been cause for grave controversy in Iranian society and women's activists and organizations have fought hard to keep the bill from getting approved.
The bill, which proposes greater leeway for men to engage in temporary marriages and taxation on Mehrieh, the lump sum of alimony paid to women in case of divorce, has been under review in the parliament since three years ago. In recent weeks, the MPs have tried to make it more palatable to the public by making a number of revisions but Rahnavard insists: "The spirit of this bill cannot be changed by changing a few lines."
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