Iranian Women Fight Against Polygamy Law

Iran’s parliament has postponed a vote on a bill that women fear would allow men to marry a second wife without seeking permission of the first wife. President Ahmadinejad pushed for the bill to be passed which is known as the “Family Support Bill” but women actively campaigned against its provisions which goes against Iranian culture. Although, Muslim law allows a man to have four wives, such ideas are not prevalent in Iran. Women activists interpret the law as simply another example of how their rights are denied in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sussan Tahmasebi, who leads the fight to protect women rights, seeks to collect one million signatures in support of protecting women’s rights. Women activists believe there is institutionalized support to deny women their rights in Iran. The tragedy of Iran is in getting rid of the Shah tyrant, it created the tyranny of Muslim fundamentalism.