Saturday, 21 October 2017

Iranian Women Fear Gains Will Be Lost If Rouhani Loses Election –

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian women have made significant strides under moderate President Hassan Rouhani, but many fear that progress could stall if a hardline rival wins Friday’s presidential election.

Since taking office in 2013, Rouhani’s government has been slowly expanding social freedoms and job opportunities for women.

His administration was the Islamic republic’s first to name women to roles including ambassador and foreign ministry spokesperson. Several female governors have also been appointed.

The government also lifted gender-based quotas for university admission in some subjects and at 51 percent, women actually slightly outnumber men at universities, according to the latest official statistics.

Image: Supporters of Hassan Rouhani

Supporters of Hassan Rouhani hold up his portrait during a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday.