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Iranian Women Protest Against Islamic Law - YouTube

Women protest about Islamic Law: counter protest by men. Date: 11/03/1979
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These women know they deserve rights, don't let the date of the video fool you, till this day women try and protest to equality but fail to win. Men do protest back and even high authority as well as there own government riots against them.

 

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Women Rights in Iran - YouTube

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Women Rights Videos.
     Oct 16, 2013. This documentary is an eye opener. At the start, they talk
     about the sex trade in Iran. I was shocked that there even was one,
     thinking about how strict and conservative everyone is supposed to be
     really lead to to keep watching. Amazingly like anywhere else there was
     reasons why the women took part in prostitution. The jobs these women are
     allowed to get don't make much and the reasoning for this is so the men
     won't have to worry about there women doing anything displeasing. Little
     did they know, eventually the women would get tired of the rules
     and disobey them. Without money women couldn't go anywhere, the
     only way to get a ride on any of the transportation in Iran you need money.
     Men are men so when it comes down to it they don't mind taking something
     other than money. Women began to use there bodies in exchange for a ride.
     Despite the consequences of danger, these women didn't care. They've all
     reached some type of breaking point and did things they are not proud of.
     Children are also a big reason for why these women do what they do. The
     women in the videos have been divorced, they do a lot of the
     things that they do for there children. One women said she tried begging
     for money form people in town but when the didn't care she when to the last
     resort to sell her body. Also mentioned in the video they talk about how
     there are women who sell there children, yes there logic is wrong but there
     intentions are good.

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Fighting for Women’s Rights in Iran | Human Rights Watch

Fighting for Women’s Rights in Iran | Human Rights Watch | Rooftops of Tehran, Iran | Scoop.it
Sussan Tahmasebi returned to her native Iran in 1999 for what she thought was a quick trip to reconnect with her roots, but she ended up staying for nearly 10 years, helping develop civil society to defend women’s rights.
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Sussan, Tahmesebi. "Fighting for Women's
     Rights in Iran." Human Rights Watch, October 2011. The website
     Human Rights Watch was created to allow people to be able to go
     public with legit origination they've created to
     help benefit people. Sussan created
     an origination specifically on women in her home country,
     Iran. She mainly was trying to accomplish gender equality.
     She didn't care to have more rights then men, just equal ones.
     Her movement was one of the most influential, according to the
     article. She accomplished that by designing different campaigns
     and getting a petition signed by hundreds and hundreds of people.
     Sussan had a lot of background knowledge, she spent years
     studying women's issues before she decoded to return and make
     a difference. By her stepping up she got many
     other women's rights groups to expand and attempt to work with
     her. This made her name known and helps a lot with her campaigns.
     Throughout her time, many women were sent to prison. Sussan says, "You're
     both creating change in the legal system and you're trying to create change
     at culture level. You know you have to pay the price" (Tahmesebi). Though a
     lot of people were mad about her response it was true, there will be
     consequences if you do wrong. Sussan expected this and probably didn't
     care considering Iran had creating consequences for anything and
     everything. She hasn't changed much, but she has created awareness. The
     author says, "but I am proud that despite these difficult times women
     activist continure to press for change and for culture awareness
     about women's rights" (Tahmesebi). She and other women have came
     along way and will continue to.

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Iranian women beat by soldiers

Iranian women beat by soldiers | Rooftops of Tehran, Iran | Scoop.it
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High authority figures support the harsh laws in Iran against women. They're the ones who women should be seeking for help but in Iran that isn't the case. They are more afraid of them because they publicly victimize them.

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Amnesty, International. "Human Rights
     Abuses in Shahist Iran." Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary
     Sources, 2006. The king of Iran was a hereditary king, meaning he only
     became the king or as they call it in Iran "Shah" because of his blood. His
     name was Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi and he was a strong believer in the
     SAVAK. SAVAK was first created in 1967 and enforced to help the CIA and
     some Israeli agency called the Mossad. The biggest violations of the people
     is that they montior everything and anything that they do. Not only did the
     SAVAK effect adults, it effected children. According to the article,
     "Students were a important part of the revolution against Shah, and it was
     a primarily they who took over and occupied the U.S embassy in Iran in
     November 1979" (International). The prisions created by the SAVAK are
     rough. The "inmates" are allowed no contact with anyone from the outside.
     They are put into small cells that are not well taken care of, they do not
     recieve a proper bed. Now these are people who haven't commited any real
     crimes, in America we give murders and rapists more than some straw to
     sleep on. Also, we do not allow our police to beat the inmates. In Iran,
     the SAVAK is allowed to beat theirs. They do not get any recreational time
     and only get little meals. Also, they are not allowed to receive a prayer
     time, which its hard when these people have been raised to pray daily. Even
     after the people are out of prison they are never taken off watch.

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Afghan women begging for money

Afghan women begging for money | Rooftops of Tehran, Iran | Scoop.it
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Though I can only assume this women is begging for money to support herself and her children it has been shown that most women from here do so. As shown in my last video clip once a women is divorced her es husband no longer has any responsible of her and their children. This makes is extremely difficult especially since women make less than half of what a man makes when working.

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I like this picture you explained the reasoning of why you picked this book very well. This picture really made me think about what happens around us in the world.

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Jack Healy. "The Price
     of Young Love: In Afghanistan, Where Dating is Forbidden, Teens Who Buck
     the System Face the Severest of Consequences." New York Times Upfront,
     Oct 3, 2011. In this article the author speaks on how dating in the
     Afghan culture is nonexistent and how there are consequences
     for those who don't follow these beliefs. One summer a boy and a girl both
     of the age 17 were seen in a car together. being pulled out by a few men
     created a seen and people began to gather. The people in the crowd wanted
     the "couple" to be stoned to death. Some type of police tried to get the
     two out of the light and somewhere safe but the crowd got mad, they started
     a riot. Starting things on fire and trying to get higher authority figures
     involved. After a long riot the two ended up in
     a juvenile prison. These two came from two different ethnic
     groups which only made matters worse. The two spend there time in
     juvenile prison on opposite ends, they do not make any contact at all. A
     man who was killed during the riot has a family who blames the woman in
     the relationship for the death of their son. As a
     solution they want her to marry on of their other sons. 

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Rooftops of Tehran

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Seraji, Mahbod. Rooftops of Tehran. N.p.: New American Library, 2009. Print.
     Mahbod Seraji, Rooftops of Tehran. 2009. Print. Pasha starts out as
     a boy in a hospital, not knowing how he got there the
     book reflects back every couple chapters. Spending his last
     summer as a "kid" on a rooftop with his best friend Ahmad.
     Falling in love with Zari, a girl who he seen from below one day. Zari
     lived in a building above the alley, making in easy for Pasha to admire him
     while he was playing soccer with his friends. things become obvious when he
     refuses to play any position except for goalie.. that is because its the
     only way to get a perfect view of Zari. Ahmad and Pasha find a way to get
     closer to her, by helping out for a child get together and suddenly
     becoming very close. Zari has been planned to marry Doctor, a friend of
     Pasha, since she was born. He is a perfect man with a career and a well
     planned out life. he is only allowed to see Zari when
     her parents are present, because of this they don't see each
     other that often. One night this changes when the secret police,
     SAVAK, come in and shake the perfect summer the boys and girls were having.
     These secret police have made Zari change all that she has wanted. this
     hurts Pasha. I could only imagine what they've done to zari because Pasha
     says how his house was raided and that was bad. Pasha tells this to doctor
     and doctor responds with a odd story. he tells pasha how
     in prison they take your most valuable possession which
     in his case was time. they beat you and starve you, they want you to suffer
     and that's exactly what they do. they pretty much go as far as
     they can without killing you. These nights end because now they've put fear
     into you, they wouldn't gain power unless they tourtured you then sent you
     home, in fear that it may happen again to you or even to someone you love.
     Later, Pasha tries to tell Doctor in a not so blunt way that he is in love
     with Zari, but instead he finds out that Doctor has wrongly loved something
     he wasn't. Pasha, thinking its going to be a women, its not. he says, "I
     fell in love with ideas, dreams, visions"(Seraji 130). Not
     getting the response Pasha wanted, he does not tell Doctor his love for
     Zari. 

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 Rod, Norland. "2 Star-Crossed Afghans Cling to Love, Even at Risk of Death.
     The New York Times, Mar 10, 2014. This article looks at marriage
     from a different view. It shows the power a family has over there
     daughter(s). The story is about a man and a woman, both legal and who have
     said their loved for each other. Taking place in Afghanistan, the
     rules of the opposite sex are very strict. The two have known each
     other since they were young and till this day are not allowed to be
     alone. Also, Zakia wears a full burka at all times. only showing her eyes.
     Wealth is looked at closely by the father of the woman, he wants her to had
     a man of not only high class but most importantly the same ethnicity. These
     two are neither of those things. Zakia's family was always low
     class, which makes it easy for her father to want her to do better than her
     mother did. Despite the consequences, Mohammad found a way to talk to
     Zakia. He had a young girl who works in the fields with Zakia give a phone
     to Zakia. They uysed this to communication. Mohammad told Zakia stories on
     the things he's heard that happens to couples who sneak around
     and that still didn't phase him. Zakia new her love was true and said "I'm
     ready to wait for you for even 50 years" (Norland). Zakia even went as far
     to go to Mohammad's house twice and begged to be accepted into
     the family, but Mohammad's family refused. This may have been
     because Afghanistan does have consequences for everyone involved in this
     "Crime". The second time Zakia went and was sent back Mohammads family made
     it public that they rufesed to take her in. This ended with Zakia beaten
     and had her phone discovered. Though most woman know that them having n
     rights is wrong, they follow along. They do this because its happened to
     them and has been this way for hundreds of years. Mohammad had threatened
     to kill himself to prove his love for Zakia. This didn't matter to any of
     the people. It was considered irrelevant. According to Zakia's
     father she was already legally engaged to someone her family
     picked out for her.

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Iran's Gender Apartheid - women without rights - YouTube

Iran lacks basic women's rights - This "gender apartheid" of Iranian women is reminiscent of the treatment of blacks in South Africa. Let's stop Iran's Gende...
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Women of Iranian culture have no rights compared to men. Women are beaten in public for doing normal daily activities.Its unfair and brutal that these women are being punished for non criminal offenses.

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