|Jun 12, 2006 at 02:11 PM|
|Women’s Freedom Forum
On June 12, 2006 over 6,000 Iranian women gathered in the 7 Tir Circle, in Tehran, to protest against misogynous policies within the country. In a statement release by the Steering Committee of this event it has been stated:
“On June 12 we will gather from 5 to 6 pm in 7 Tir Circle to announce that we, the women of Iran, are fed up with the contempt disrespect imbedded in the law and the immoral shadow that these discriminatory laws have created over our lives, and they must be changed.
We want to state that “We are women, we too are citizens of this nation and we have rights” we want our rights. If we say the legal age of marriage should be raised to 18, those in charge and those who fear the instability of the foundation of the family must acknowledge that according to figures released, 87 % of marriages in which the bride is between the ages 15-19 end in divorce.
Many women have turned to self immolation, many young girls are running away from home, honor killings have turned into a daily ritual, domestic violence and wife-killings have overwhelmingly increased, the roots of these tragedies and numerous other calamities are these unjust laws which not only do not support women but they also create the situation to suppress them, which forces women to retaliate, but unfortunately they are the main victims in most cases.