Currently, in Iran, there are nine women sentenced to death by stoning on charges of adultery, compared to two men for the same offence — highlighting the fact that this barbaric mode of execution is primarily a women’s issue.
Whether these 11 unfortunate people can be saved from the brutality and humiliation involved depends on the success of a campaign, launched two months ago, by a group of lawyers and women’s rights activists to have the stoning law abolished altogether from the Islamic Penal Code of this country.
Stoning is more a women’s issue because, according to Islamic laws, a man can have four permanent wives and any number of temporary wives.
When caught in adulterous relationships, men can always claim to have been in a temporary marriage contract with the woman involved –provided she is not already married to someone else. Temporary marriage contracts, for hours or months or years, can be easily made between the partners. A married woman cannot escape stoning in the same way.
“The stoning law affects women more than men. So, as feminists, we naturally have to address it as well as other issues, such as polygamy, lack of right of divorce for women, forced marriages, domestic violence and poverty that greatly contribute to situations leading to stoning. We also hope that the campaign to abolish stoning can mobilise the women’s movement,” Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, a feminist activist and advocacy group member of the â€˜Campaign to Stop Stoning Forever’, told IPS.
“The nature of the feminist movement in Iran is political because feminists have to target the laws, like (those on) polygamy and stoning, that sustain the patriarchal view of the society. They have to challenge the religious and political establishment that supports those laws,” Abbasgholizadeh added.
Could someone fill me in on all the efforts Kathleen Parker has made on behalf of women in Iran? Because all my googling turned up was this diatribe by her against “allowing” women to serve in the military.
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