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Towards Substantive Equality in Iranian Constitutional Discourse
Muslim World Journal of Human Rights (2011)
  • Amin Reza Koohestani, McGill University
This paper discusses to what extent, if any, recent street uprisings in Iran have been fuelled by gender inequalities; and, what the legal challenges of transforming such gender equality demands into the constitution are. I argue that a demographic transition that commenced two decades ago in Iran changed the status of women in family and society. Such a transition has unavoidably increased the presence of women in the public sphere and challenged gender presumptions within the law. To give a constitutional response to such demands, I argue, the Iranian Constitution must re-examine the correlation between women and men as biological and/or social groups, and the relationship among women themselves as a group consisting of diverse identities. Moreover, equal attention must be paid to women’s norm, diversity, and agency.
  • Iran,
  • women,
  • constitution
Publication Date
March 5, 2011
Citation Information
Amin Reza Koohestani. "Towards Substantive Equality in Iranian Constitutional Discourse" Muslim World Journal of Human Rights Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (2011)
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