This week, one of Iran’s leading women’s rights activist, Sussan Tahmasebi, stopped by NPR to speak to Scott Simon about Iran’s upcoming Presidential elections. Watch her YouTube video and scroll down further to read Tahmasebi’s thoughts on how civil and political discourse in Iran has been influenced by the demands of women. You can listen to her radio interview with Scott tomorrow on Weekend Edition Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Sussan Tahmasebi
Why Focus on Women’s Rights? By Sussan Tahmasebi, Women’s Rights Activist (right)
The issue of women’s rights is a major issue in this election and this marks the first time that reform of women’s rights has been addressed so specifically and in such detail in an election. In this election in fact, candidates have moved beyond vague slogans that emphasize the high cultural and religious value placed on women, to addressing specifically the demands voiced by women’s rights activists.