Speech Women Organisation of Iranian Kurdistan The Progressive Alliance Conference
Circumcision in Kurdish society, as a patriarchal society with religious believes, is now quite widespread in many parts of the Kurdistan. Girl's circumcision did exist and still exists in Iran's Kurdistan
Women's Organisation of Iranian Kurdistan was formed by a number of political and cultural activists in November 2012 in Iraqi Kurdistan, at the behest of the political and cultural activist in Iran's Kurdistan.
Kurdish women face a lot of problems in Iran's Kurdistan. For example, one can mention the general destitution, illiteracy amongst sections of the Kurdish women, suppression of the political, cultural and religious freedoms, lack of essential facilities from the centre, lack of necessary awareness and also a very patriarchal way of treating women. The total sum of these problems have exerted such pressures on women that some commit suicide.
I would like to mention some of the apparent violations of the women's rights that are now the law of the land and are included in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the governments are the executors of such laws.
Lack of freedom of dress;
The inheritance law:
According to Iran's constitution, which is based on the Islamic Sharia't law, women receive inheritance half as much as a men, and if a woman is unsatisfied with her husband, she can only file for divorce if the husband suffers from insanity or impotence. Otherwise, even if you hate your husband, you have no right to separate and have to live like a slave for the rest of your life in the house and put up with your prison-keeper.
The right to have abortion and right to have child custody:
Women have no rights on their abortions and the decision lies exclusively with the man.
Access to educational system and continuing education;
In Kurdistan, due to lack of facilities and neglect from the central government, women in Kurdistan are more illiterate to compare with other parts of Iran and even to compare with Kurdish men, there are more women who are either illiterate or have low level of literacy. At present, the rate of going to high school is 90% for boys and 50% or less form girls.
Circumcision in Kurdish society, as a patriarchal society with religious believes, is now quite widespread in many parts of the Kurdistan. Girl's circumcision did exist and still exists in Iran's Kurdistan.
In Iran, under the tyranny of the Islamic Republic of Iran and after the 1979 Revolution, according to the constitution, the President is one of the prominent political "rejal" [men] of Iran, women have legally no right to hold such post and that is regardless of their abilities, that is for just being a female, you do not enjoy this right.
The judiciary laws
According to the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, women are recognised as imprudent and unwise and therefore have no right to "judge" in the courts and according to the law, a woman's witness is worth half a man. It means that the witness of two females in a case equals the witness of a male.
Problems of working women
In addition to unemployment and low wages, which women are also their victims, the economical situation has had an adverse affect on the situation of women. Women in single parent households who work or married women who work outside and work for minimum wages, face a lot of problems.
Women are raped
Women are raped in Iran's Kurdistan and this is one of the biggest problems of women and in addition to the family members, the women do not feel safe at the place of work.
Women's Organisation of Iranian Kurdistan is asking you to help us to eliminate the oppression of Kurdish women in Iran's Kurdistan, so that we can be a bridge for more awareness of women in Kurdistan. Also, we ought to find a way together in order not to submit to middle-ages laws.