Source: Radio Zamaneh
A group of women's rights activists delivered a petition with five thousand
signatures to the Iranian parliament urging the legislative body to "bar
ILNA reports that the petition was delivered by 40 women who called on the
parliament to halt al efforts in "promoting temporary marriages and polygamy."
Photo from "Four
Wives One Man" - A film by Nahid Persson
One of the activists announced that their efforts in the past week to meet with
the parliament's Legal and Judicial Commission had failed but the secretariat of
the parliament had finally accepted the petition today.
According to this report, efforts to collect more signatures continue and other
women's groups will deliver them to the parliamentary office in the coming days.
The Legal and Judicial Commission of the parliament is set to review the
controversial articles of the Family Protection Bill regarding temporary
marriages, polygamy and lump-sum alimony (mehrieh) on Tuesday.
Women's activists along with a group of former women parliamentarians pushed the
parliament to review these articles last month.
Women's rights websites also published a letter signed by over 330 "men
defending equal rights."
The signatories state that the articles of this bill are discriminatory and
"while they degrade women, they are also an insult to men because the proposed
law presumes that men are only motivated by their sexual desires."
The statement goes on to add that they believe men must struggle alongside women
for equal gender rights.
The Family Protection Bill was introduced into the parliament three years ago at
which time protests from women's groups forced the lawmakers to shelve it.
However, in the past months, Iranian hardliners have managed to re-introduce it
into the parliament and re-ignite the controversy.
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