Zanans editor, founder, and Islamic Iranian feminist Shahla Sherkat has tried to steer away from general Iranian politics, and instead focuses on women's issues.. Doing journalism in countries like ourswhere...the system thinks if you say anything its going to fall apartits like being a trapeze artist, said Sherkat in a winter 2007 interview with Ms. Magazine.
Sherkat�s work helped bring light to taboo subjects such as sex, women�s rights, and government bureaucrats. Adnkronos International describes Zanan�s history in Iranian society as being "at the forefront in the fight for fundamental women�s rights in Iran."
According to Reporters Without Borders, the magazine is just one in 42 publications to be shut down by the Commission for Press Authorization and Surveillance. "It has been responsible for the suspension of many publications which the courts subsequently closed down for good, often imprisoning their journalists. In Iran, the right to information is still seen as a threat to national security."
Media Resources: Reporters Without Borders; Ms. Magazine Winter 2007; Adnkronos International 1/28/08; Feministing.com 1/30/08
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .