Human Rights activist Roya Kashefi addresses the Twelth Annual Womens conference for Peace in the Middle East.

On Wednesday the 18th June Roya Kashefi shared her vision of change for the future of women in Iran. Dedicating her presentation to Hana Abdi and Ronak Safarzadeh, who were arrested and detained for their meritorious efforts in educating Kurdish women, Kashefi shed light on the impact of present laws, within the Constitution of The Islamic Republic of Iran, upon the freedom and equality of the women living there.

Iran is increasingly standing out in its determination to hinder the progress of equal opportunities for women not least demonstrated in its continuous rejection of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)
Roya Kashefi gives some very powerful examples of discriminatory law, from education and employment,to compensation and marriage, practiced in Iran with some shocking statistics. For example, even though efforts of activists brought about an increase in the legal age of marriage for girls up to 13 years, statistics for 2006 state that 4,741 widowed and divorced girls were between the ages of 10-14. Despite the new law, a judges permission can make it possible for a girl to be married at nine.
As well as highlighting the present set backs she presents her dream of equality through
intelligent offerings of how this change can effectively be realised.

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