Bill of Rights
At the dawn of the "Woman, Life, Freedom" movement, we, a collective of feminists of Iran, having experienced historical discrimination and injustice feel strongly that the time has come to make our rights as equal citizens a reality. Thus, we have come together to develop a bill of rights for inclusive and substantive equality for women in all their diversities with the intention of enshrining them in the future Constitution of Iran. We insist that the Constitution, in spirit and text echo the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its sister conventions that reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in their equal rights regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, language, sexuality, or any other status. Centering the “woman, life, freedom” framework, we demand women’s equal share of the seats of the National Constitutional Assembly and other spheres of national and regional negotiations, taking an active part in charting and mapping the future. At this historical juncture, we emphasize the importance of including the experiences, contributions, and efforts of women and historically marginalized populations in any deliberations about Iran’s political and legal trajectory. Through these efforts we aim to uphold commitments to gender equality and social and environmental justice in support of women’s movement inside the country, which are fundamental for a pluralist secular democracy.