Every so often one wonders whether President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is either crafty or stupid. His wife told a gathering of Iranian Muslim women “thinkers” that western nations were exploiting “the United Nations structure to promote illicit affairs.” She went on to claim “Westerners pursue their improper schemes under the name of development and (alleviating) social discrimination. Iran has refused to join the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Conservative clerics believe the idea of women equality violates Sharia-based law. Iranian women who have fought to equal rights often wind up in jail for daring to speak their minds.
In 2009, one out of seven marriages in Iran ends in divorce while in Tehran the figure is one out of four. Me thinks that Iran might look in the mirror before claiming the UN fosters illicit affairs.