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The Simone de Beauvoir Prize(2009) is Awarded to the Campaign for One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws

Friday 9 January 2009

Feminist School:The Simone de Beauvoir prize for Women’s Freedom was founded to help mobilize international solidarity ,reaffirm women’s rights,guarantee the protection of those who struggle today at the risk of their lives and defend with them the ideas of equality and peace .

The prize was founded to mark the centenary of Simone de Beauvoir’s birth on January 9,2008.

The first Simone de Beauvoir prize was awarded jointly on January 9,2008 to Taslima Nasreen ,Bangladeshi author, because she endangered her life for women’s freedom and supporting women’s rights and Ayaan Hirsi Ali,a former member of the Dutch Parliament,.

The prize was awarded by the international jury in Sorbonne University.

About "One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws"

Iranian women’s rights activists are initiating a wide campaign demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law. The Campaign, "One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws," which aims to collect one million signatures to demand changes to discriminatory laws against women, is a follow-up effort to the peaceful protest of the same aim, which took place on June 12, 2006 in Haft-e Tir Square in Tehran. Preparation activities in support of this campaign commenced in June of 2006 and the campaign will be officially launched on August 27, during a seminar entitled: "The Impact of Laws on Women’s Lives."

Background Information

Campaign Description

Iranian law considers women to be second class citizens and promotes discrimination against them. It is noteworthy that legal discrimination of this type is being enforced in a society where women comprise over 60% of those being admitted to university. It is generally believed that laws should promote social moderation by being one step ahead of cultural norms. But in Iran the law lags behind cultural norms and women’s social position and status.

Without a doubt, women of lower socio-economic status or women from religious and ethic minority groups suffer disproportionately from legal discrimination. On the other hand, these unjust laws have promoted unhealthy and unbalanced relationships between men and women and as a result have had negative consequences on the lives of men as well.

On the other hand, the Iranian government is a signatory to several international human rights conventions, and accordingly is required to bring its legal code in line with international standards. The most important international human rights standard calls for elimination of discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion, etc.

The Campaign aims to collect one million signatures in support of changes to discriminatory laws against women. It will provide education on legal issues to the public and especially to women, raise public awareness, promote collaboration between groups demanding equality between men and women, and document experiences.

Read more about the campaign:

The Most Frequent Questions Asked from One Million Signatures Campaign

Which Laws Are We Seeking to Change?

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