Iran's women MPs face uphill battle for gender parity

Women make up 50.4% of Iran's population, according to the last census, but despite President Hassan Rouhani's cabinet having three female ministers, women still dramatically lag behind men in high officeIt’s a statistic that belies claims of equality: women hold just nine of Iran’s 290 parliamentary seats. “Whether it be in parliament or the Assembly of Experts, we are seeking to tackle discrimination,” female activist Jila Shariatpanahi, an author and leading member of the campaign, told AFP. The Assembly of Experts is a powerful committee of clerics that supervises the Islamic republic’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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