Iran's parliament passed an amendment that is the first of several planned measures designed to force segregatation of men and women at the country's hospitals.
The conservative parliament passed an amendment that will guarantee funding for a controversial law that would force public and private hospitals and other health organizations, including pharmacies, to segregate men and women. Organizations that violate the law will face fines and risk losing their licenses.
Though controversial, the measured has strong support from conservatives, who value strict Islamic rules that limit contact between unmarried or unrelated men and women. The Guardian Council blocked the law last month, citing a lack of funds to be used in enforcing the law. The Council is now expected to approve the measure.
Even though women doctors are available in Iran, health experts report that there are not enough specialists to implement the law effectively, and that women's health will suffer.
Media Resources: Nando.net and Reuters- November 1, 1998
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .