Women's Rights vs. Men Rights During the Iranian Revolution

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Women's rights Vs. Men's rights during the Islamic Revolution Human rights are universal, indivisible, and interdependent. Human rights are what make us human and equal. However, in some countries people are not treated as they are supposed to be. A real example is the Iranian Revolution in 1979. This revolution, led mainly by Ayatollah Ruhollan Knomeini, transformed Iran's political, social, economic, and legal structure. The Shah would no longer rule, and the Islamic Republic of Iran was created. Secular laws were replaced by Islamic codes of law, and the elite under the Shah was suddenly ousted. This incident reflects typical crimes and injustices against women in Iran. Crimes against women include abuse, slavery, false imprisonment, murder, and rape. At that time, women were considered inferior to men and were not granted equal rights or protection under the laws. The government, religion, and culture of Iran supported the inequalities, thus allowing vicious crimes against women to continue without any recourse by the victims. The phrase "women's rights" refers to the basic human rights withheld from women simply because they are women. Women's rights promote political, social, and economic equality for women in a society that traditionally confers more status and freedom to men. A basic right is for girls to grow up to be women: Other women's rights include: the right to live free of physical abuse, the right to live free of sexual exploitation, the right to health care and nutrition, the right to get educated, the right to be free and equal to other humans. The revolution was the events that many dissatisfied Iranians were hoping. It was massive, widespread, and extraordinarily effective, despite many casualties. The Islamic Sharia law was the basis of family, marriage, and women's rights in Iran. •As an example, the law permitted men to have four permanent and as many temporary wives as they wanted. Custody of the children was in the hands of the father...
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