I hope that in the Arab countries where people have risen against dictatorships and overthrown them, they will reflect and learn from what happened to us in Iran. My recommendation to Arab women is to focus on strengthening civil-society institutions and to familiarize themselves with religious discourse, so they can demonstrate that leaders who rely on religious dogma that sets women’s rights back are doing so to consolidate power.
Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer, Nobel recipient, and human rights and women’s rights activist, gives advice on the importance of women’s rights to the success of transition and democratization in the Arab world.

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