Zahra Rahnavard: Iranian women pioneer Green Movement

8 Mar 2010

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In a message for International Women’s Day on March 8th, Zahra Rahnavard, the wife of Mir-Hossein Mousavi and one of the most popular leaders of the Green Movement, has said: “The honor of a state and its legitimacy depend on its respect for the nation and for citizens’ rights. Especially respect for female citizens and supporting and cherishing their participation is essential for a state to gain respect and legitimacy. The Green Movement of Iran is based on humanity and morality and represents the desire of any open-minded human being for freedom and justice. This movement supports and celebrates women’s rights and cherishes the significant role of women in human history, in our own national history and in the history of Islam.” Rahnavard added: “Unfortunately there are many backward laws that turn Iranian women into a second sex, or even worse. There are many discriminatory parts within our family law and civil law that disadvantage Iranian women. In matters of divorce and inheritance law, a woman’s life is worth half that of a man – even when it comes to punishment for murder. I am absolutely sure that the freedom-loving Iranian men are also suffering from this discriminatory situation and are ashamed of it.”

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