4 Int'l Stud. J. 33 (2007-2008)
Family Planning, Islam and Women's Human Rights in Iran

handle is hein.journals/isudijo4 and id is 49 raw text is: Family Planning, Islam and Women's
Human Rights in Iran
Roksana Bahramitash*
Introduction
Iran's family program is considered a world success story by the United
Nations, yet rarely, if ever, has this been brought to the attention of the
public outside Iran, as the country is often maligned in world press.
Even more interesting is how this success came about. How could
Iran, a country that suffered a war and economic sanctions throughout
the 1980s, manage to reduce a fertility rate of 6.5 in 1970 to just 2 in
2002 The story of this miracle can best be understood if one examines
how women became engaged in public policies, and the role women
played as volunteer workers from the time of the Islamic Revolution.
Surprisingly, high female involvement in the family planning project
has paved the way for understanding Iran through women's rights
and equality discourse as found in international human rights. Today
* Roksana Bahramitash, is Visiting Professor in Montreal University and Research
Associate in Mc Gill University (bahrmithash@gmail.com)
ISJ, Vol. 4, No.1, Summer 2007, pp. 33-50.

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