Iran Bans Women From 77 Different College Majors

In Iran, more than 30 universities have banned women from taking classes in 77 different subjects.

Why?

Just because. So stop questioning the judgment of the religious leaders. Heathen.

No official reason has been given for the restrictions to courses…

Banned courses include nuclear physics, computer science and English literature.

The US-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the restrictions extended a creeping “Islamicisation” of Iran’s universities that have been imposed under president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi says it is part of a policy to weaken women’s role in Iranian society.

“The Iranian government is using various, different initiatives to restrict women’s access to education and to return them to the home to weaken the feminist movement in the country,” she [said].

Jezebel points out that it wasn’t always this bad:

Iran was one of the first Middle Eastern countries to give women access to university studies, and since 1979 has encouraged women to get a higher education. But it appears that officials think it’s gone too far: as of 2001, women officially outnumbered men in the Iranian college student body for the first time, a statistic that’s now up to 60% female.

It’s not just that the ratio will revert back in favor of men — college was the route many Iranian women took to escape from home and a life that was already planned out for them. Now, you have government officials playing the role of bad parents, telling the women what they are and are not allowed to study. It’s bad precedent and it shows no sign of getting better anytime soon.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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