IRAN On the other side of the world there is a land One sixth of Canada in size, with more than twice the people
Cyrus the Great Damavand (5671 m) Peoplewithwarmhearts and 3000 years of history
People of this land: Iranians Muslims 95% Ahle-Haq 3% Christians 1% Baha’i 0.7% Zoroastrians 0.1% Jewish 0.1% Persian, 50 % Azari 18 % Kurd 10 % Gilaki 6 %
And woman of this land…walking quietly through history,has changed the fate for her daughter.
Qajar dynasty (1781-1922) First school for women First women’s magazines
Pahlavi dynasty (1922-1979) Reform in Family Law Voting right for women First woman in university
Islamic Republic(1979-2008) Compulsory Hijab and dress code Change of Family Law Based on Islamic rules
The amazing achievement of Iranian women:Reduction of birth rate to a half in one decade(1994-2004)
and sings her wishes to the wind woman of this land… Draws her beauty on the rugs
Iranian woman… the Sun of the family
Iranian Woman: effective wherever she is Lawyer, Nobel Prize winner Women activist In Parliament Writer
She demands equality and fairness in laws In Islamic Republic A married woman needs her husband’s permission to get a passport.
An Iranian woman can not run for presidency or be a judge Percentage of women in parliament :4.4%
I left my home to be able to think openly, to explore a new culture, a new country , and a new language.
in search for a future without war for my children. In search for… Peace
Peace for the Children of the world
Thank you Canada for your gift of peaceand thank you for letting me call you“ my home”