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Iran's Parliament agrees to restriction on women's travel

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian Parliament has passed a bill barring single women under 40 from leaving the country without permission from a legal guardian.

Historic Photo: The board of directors of "Jam'iat e nesvan e vatan-khah"

A women's rights association in Tehran (1923-1933)
Source: Book: Iranian women in Mashrouteh movement, by Abdolhossein Nahid
Women's rights in Iran

The spokesman for Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naghavi-Hosseini, said Parliament was persuaded to consider the government's proposed bill after hearing reports from experts about problems with the current regulations.,

He added, however, that the bill, which proposes that single women up to 40 years of age wishing to leave the country or acquire a passport should have permission from their parent or legal guardian, and if there are no guardians, then the court may issue a permit, has not become law yet.

According to current regulations, single women 18 and up can leave the country without such restrictions.

The parliamentary spokesman stressed that the new restrictions on women's rights to leave the country are being proposed for "protection of women's well-being."

According to Islamic Republic laws, married women, at any age, need permission from their husband in order to travel abroad.

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