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Online Dialogue

Discrimination of Women

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Discrimination of Women
Discrimination of Women

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27 nov 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 CET

Online Dialogue

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Discrimination against women on the basis of their gender occurs in religion, politics, education, employment, public life, mobility, social services, family and marital status, and even before the law.

In developing countries, they generally bear the heaviest burden of marginalization, violence and exploitation by society as a whole.

Women and girls are half of the world's population, do two-thirds of the world's work hours, receive a tenth of the world's income and own less than a hundredth of the world's property.

The level of discrimination differs from country to country. In many countries, equality is anchored in the constitution, but discrimination is deeply rooted in society. Historically, it goes back to the transition from “hunting” to “agriculture”.

The recent events in Iran, Afghanistan and several other countries are a few violent expressions of discrimination. Many other forms are less visible and have become accepted norms which are not even perceived as discrimination or violence.

Discrimination of women is a denial of the right to dignity and equality. Its effects are devastating, including low self-esteem, low expectations, depression, stress and anxiety.

This Online Dialogue is meant to understand the roots of women's discrimination, its various forms and what must be done for their equitable participation in all aspects of life.


Tahira Abdullah

She is a human rights defender, economic development researcher-practitioner, peace activist and humanitarian volunteer.

Shiva Mahbobi

Shiva was a student activist in Iran and was arrested when she was 16 and spent more than three years in prison. Following her release, Shiva continued her activities and eventually had to flee Iran and go to Turkey in 1992; she was a refugee and women’s rights campaigner in Turkey and worked with the International Federation of Iranian Refugees. She then went to Toronto-Canada where she was the coordinator of the Action Committee in Defence of Women’s Rights in Iran. She moved to the UK in 2001 and was in charge of public relations for the International Committee against Stoning from 2002-2004. She is a psychotherapist, and women's rights activist and currently is the spokesperson for the Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI).

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