Iran bans women from 77 university degree courses

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  1. Daredevil

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    IIran bans women from 77 university degree courses

    Iran has banned women from 77 university courses, labeling classes in everything from English literature to biology as "single gender."

    Thirty-six Iranian universities are participating in the ban, which will make many higher-education classes exclusive to men as of next academic year, the Telegraph reported.

    Iranian human rights activist and Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi has written a letter of complaint about the ban to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

    "[It] is part of the recent policy of the Islamic Republic, which tries to return women to the private domain inside the home as it cannot tolerate their passionate presence in the public arena," Ebadi wrote in the letter, which was also sent to Ahmad Shaheed, the UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Iran.

    "The aim is that women will give up their opposition and demands for their own rights," she continued.

    Iran's senior clerics support the ban over concerns that increased education for women are causing social side effects such as declining birth and marriage rates, the International Herald Tribune reported.

    The new laws come as female students in Iran have been outperforming men at the academic level: three women passed this year's university entrance exams for every two men who passed, Ynetnews reported.

    Women currently make up about 60 percent of university students in the country, the New York Times reported.

    The courses that are closed off to women are incredibly varied, according to Iranian news site Rooz Online:

    Urban development engineering, urban development with a major in surveillance at 15 universities had the largest number of students reserved only for men. Following that came management and mining engineering programs in 12 universities which only admitted men to them.

    But academic subjects that are denied to women are not restricted to these and others such as accounting, education fields, restoration of historic buildings, pure chemistry etc are also shut to women.

    “Some fields are not very suitable for women’s nature,” said Abolfazl Hasani, a senior Iranian education official, according to Rooz Online.
     
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    A moderate Islamic republic is trying to mirror saudis in their treatment of women.
     
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    It all started with Iranian 1953 coup d'état. Britain was high after big daddy USA saved it's ass from Germany in World War II and tried to overthrow the democratic Iranian government with a puppet regime so they can enjoy their fuking Oil money. UK is gonna pay for it's sins big time, karma is a bitch.
     
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    Is the above red marked the hidden reason for this ban??? :lol:
     
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    blind leading the blind-folded
     
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    Biology as only men's subject? I see, quite a logic ......
    They themselves want to teach their women first hand .. in the bedroom :puke:
     
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    Makes me wonder about your meaning of the term "moderate"....
     
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    Karma. It seems the Iranians have suffered more all these years. Divine justice seem to be failing you...
     
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    What does this have to do with the plight of Women in today's Iran?
     
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    Moderate to compared to many other muslim countries. Iranians, as people are very progressive including their women. While in most muslims countries, women are oppressed and restricted to burqas but in Iran they are well educated and are doing even better than men when it comes to education.
     
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    Maybe a dichotomy must be made between the Iranian regime and the Iranian people (you said the latter is moderate so I suppose it's implied that the former is fundamentalist). But if you split the Regime from the majority of Iranians it would mean that the former does not enjoy the support of the majority of Iranian people (who you said are moderates) since clearly the policies of the Regime do not reflect the "moderate" temperament of the majority of its people.
     
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  13. Iran bans women from universities

    Anger as Iran bans women from universities - Telegraph



    Female students in Iran have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women's rights.
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    By Robert Tait
    20 Aug 2012


    In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation by Iran's most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be "single gender" and effectively exclusive to men.
    It follows years in which Iranian women students have outperformed men, a trend at odds with the traditional male-dominated outlook of the country's religious leaders. Women outnumbered men by three to two in passing this year's university entrance exam.

    Senior clerics in Iran's theocratic regime have become concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women, including declining birth and marriage rates.

    Under the new policy, women undergraduates will be excluded from a broad range of studies in some of the country's leading institutions, including English literature, English translation, hotel management, archaeology, nuclear physics, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and business management.

    The Oil Industry University, which has several campuses across the country, says it will no longer accept female students at all, citing a lack of employer demand. Isfahan University provided a similar rationale for excluding women from its mining engineering degree, claiming 98% of female graduates ended up jobless.

    Writing to Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary general, and Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights, Mrs Ebadi, a human rights lawyer exiled in the UK, said the real agenda was to reduce the proportion of female students to below 50% – from around 65% at present – thereby weakening the Iranian feminist movement in its campaign against discriminatory Islamic laws.

    "[It] is part of the recent policy of the Islamic Republic, which tries to return women to the private domain inside the home as it cannot tolerate their passionate presence in the public arena," says the letter, which was also sent to Ahmad Shaheed, the UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Iran. "The aim is that women will give up their opposition and demands for their own rights."

    The new policy has also been criticised by Iranian parliamentarians, who summoned the deputy science and higher education minister to explain.
    However, the science and higher education minister, Kamran Daneshjoo, dismissed the controversy, saying that 90% of degrees remain open to both sexes and that single-gender courses were needed to create "balance".

    Iran has highest ratio of female to male undergraduates in the world, according to UNESCO. Female students have become prominent in traditionally male-dominated courses like applied physics and some engineering disciplines.

    Sociologists have credited women's growing academic success to the increased willingness of religiously-conservative families to send their daughters to university after the 1979 Islamic revolution. The relative decline in the male student population has been attributed to the desire of young Iranian men to "get rich quick" without going to university.
     
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