Women of the revolution
Financial Times / Monavar Khalaj and Najmeh Bozorgmehr
27-May-2012 (one comment)

Narges, an educated Iranian woman whose birth coincided with the 1979 Islamic revolution, owes the fact that her destiny is different from that of her older sisters to the political upheaval. A kabaddi (tag) player, she freely travels for national competitions outside her home in Zabol, a poor and conservative town bordering Afghanistan in the south-east.

“I could not have had a university education or travelled outside Zabol alone if Iran were not ruled by an Islamic regime,” she says. “My father would not have allowed me to. He would have forced me to marry like my sisters.”


Women and education in Iran

by Simorgh5555 on

Even if more women are going to university in the Islamic Republic where does all this education attainment get them? what do they do after they finished university? Can they go to univesity?


Iranian women want their educational achievements to be translated into senior jobs. The Global Gender Gap Report 2011 of the World Economic Forum ranked Iran 130 out of 135 countries in the political empowerment of women. These shortcomings contributed to Iranian women playing an unprecedented role when they led men during the biggest anti-regime street protests in 2009, rejecting the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, the president, as fraudulent.