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Iranian laws continue misogyny and abuse of women's rights
Iranian women have seen their rights taken by the Iranian government since the revolution of 1979, when Khomeini declared that hijab was compulsory for all female government employees, and women have been losing opportunities in both their careers and family life ever since.

Laws have been instigated throughout the years following 1979 that reduced women's rights in family courts by turning them into special civil courts being handled by religious judges. The legal age for women to marry was reduced to 9 lunar years and married women could not attend school without their husband's permission. Thus, women are being systematically denied educational opportunities.

The civil code, for example, says that a man can have multiple wives and that they can inherit almost nothing from their husband in the event of his death. A nine-year old girl can be married and must live anywhere her husband decides, while needing his permission to leave the home, even to work.

Girls are held to be mature under the law at nine years of age, being exposed to a great legal and social vulnerability, according to various sources tracking human rights violations by the Iranian government.

The Penal Code views women as half-human when they are witnesses in courts, but when being punished, they have to deal with more intense consequences. The law has been written to make women less valuable than men in the eyes of the law. Punishments for murdering a woman are not as severe as those for a woman who murders a man.

Many of these laws reflect the viewpoint of women back in the 19th century and early 20th century in many Western nations. Women in Iran are struggling to reclaim their basic rights within their own country, while women around the globe have made greater strides.

"For the past 37 years, Iranian women have been subjected to injustice, the most inhumane violence and discrimination in all areas of their life under the banner of Islam and in the name of God," said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI during her comments at International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in late 2015.

"The primary source of violence against women in today's world is Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. Misogyny is the core of their ideology. Therefore, women must rise up against this phenomenon," said Rajavi. She also pointed out that women are being jailed daily for simple charges, such as improper veiling. The continued war against the rights of women is part of a larger struggle for human rights of individuals throughout Iran.

Rajavi and the NCRI have continued to point out how women are just one area where human rights are being brutally ignored. They have continued to call on the international community to exert pressure on Iran regarding human rights, versus lifting sanctions and allowing Iran to be accepted by the international community.

The Iranian opposition movement continues to report on these violations, many which are also being documented by other news agencies and the United Nations, in hopes of gaining international attention for their cause.

It appears to be making progress, as delegations from various countries have continued to call for the Iranian mullahs to address these human rights violations. However, Iran continues to ignore calls for change, as executions have only increased under the current president's term.

Rajavi has issued a 10-point plan on human rights that includes equality for women under the law, something that Iranian women do not currently enjoy. Other areas addressed by the plan include equality in the family, economic and political spheres and even the right to choose one's own clothing. All of these rights are currently denied by the Iranian government.

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