It isn’t quite as bad as Afghanistan, where the Taliban continues to kill little girls that go to school and those who dare to teach them how to read, but Iran is now banning women from many university classes and from some universities altogether.
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…
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.
Yeah, there’s no point in having them get degrees since we’re going to discriminate against them and make sure they can’t work anyway. I urge you all to read the amazing book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. It’s an incredible story of women in Iran after the Islamic revolution having to go underground to read some of the great literary works.
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