ABSTRACT

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book locates the Iranian women's movement within the wider movement for democracy in Iran. As Elaheh Rostami-Povey argues in her chapter on the 'The Women's Movement in Its Historical Context', all governments since the end of the 1980s in Iran have embraced neo-liberalism, privatisation and integration within the global economy, which has led to a rise in unemployment, decline in social services and a falling standard of living. Jamileh Kadivar argues that the law that states that women cannot be judges is not justified by the Islamic sources. Women's demands during the oil nationalisation movement and the secular and nationalist movements encompassed both democracy and social justice and greater gender equality. Historically, the struggle for gender equality in Iran has also been linked to the struggle for democracy and freedom from foreign interference.