By staff contributor Milad Pournik
Iran is holding an election today to determine the next President. There may be a second round run-off (which would be held next Friday June 21st) between the top two candidates if no candidate manages to garner more than 50 percent of the first round vote.
Many are interested in what the election could mean for the future of Iranian relations with the United States and other Western powers. Those in Iran are more worried about which candidate can best address the economic malaise in the country. Women in Iran share these concerns but they are also keenly interested in what the election could mean for their rights and role in society.
There are no women candidates to vote for although some 30 put forward their names to run in the Presidential Election. Women, however, are permitted to run for Iran’s parliament and currently make up just over three percent of Iran’s parliamentarians. When I went to vote this morning I managed to see the irony in the fact that they put “Mr.” in front of the names of all the candidates – is it not sufficiently clear? (more…)