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The Agony of Women in Qatar and Iran is at the Table of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The Agony of Women in Qatar and Iran is at the Table of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

 “The women-related laws in Qatar and Iran are dead letters.” Hagar Monsef said.

During its participation in the 41st session of the Human Rights Council, Maat delivered an intervention on the discrimination practiced by the Qatari and Iranian regimes against women, during a session to discuss item 3 on the report of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice. The intervention indicated that in spite of the image that the Qatari and Iranian governments are trying to convey to the world that women enjoy their rights to education and work and have reached advanced levels of economic and political empowerment, reality does not reflect this. Qatari women are still unable to grant citizenship to their children, as well as inequality and clear discrimination at the social level as persons with reduced capacity.

The Foundation pointed out that Iranian women suffer from violence and discrimination as a result of the perceived inferiority of all official bodies in the State, reinforced by their inferior status in the Iranian culture. The Iranian society considers women as second-class citizens in relation to political, social and economic rights and duties. Also, there are severe restrictions on women and girls, especially Imposing mandatory hijab on them in public places and considering taking it off as a crime punishable by the most severe penalties.

Hagar Monsef said “Despite the legislation and laws that guarantee women’s rights in both Qatar and Iran, the actual practices in the Iranian and Qatari reality are totally contrary. All these rights, which have been adopted by the Constitution and other legislation in Qatar or Iran, are dead letters.”

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