Iranian women’s rights activist and a Women’s eNews 21 Leader in 2004 Shadi Sadr had her passport revoked last month. Now she has written a public letter to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami, pressing him for an answer to why she could no longer travel.
Iran’s new parliament, sworn in two weeks ago, has nine female legislators, down from 13 in the previous body. Women throughout the country are watching this mix of mostly conservative legislators’ approach to women’s rights.
In Iran, a woman awaits a new execution date for killing the man she says tried to rape her. There, if a woman is raped, she can be charged with adultery. If a woman kills her attacker, she can be charged with murder. Both are punishable by death.