INTRODUCTION Some 15,000 black-robed women marched to Teheran's closed university on Saturday (25 April) calling for more rights for women in society.
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SV Woman carrying child.
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SV Women marchers carrying rifles.
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SV Posters with pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini
SV Women demonstrators chanting.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Some 15,000 black-robed women marched to Teheran's closed university on Saturday (25 April) calling for more rights for women in society. The marchers wore the all-enveloping chador or veil, thereby obeying a recent order compelling women working i government offices to cover their heads.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators were demanding special programmes for women on radio and television. And they called for parliament to pass legislation giving them a greater role in their society. Under the Islamic republic's new constitution women will be granted equal rights in society, but the details have yet to be worked out.
The rally marked the birthday of Fatimah, the daughter of the prophet Mohammed, and was organised by the Islamic Republican Party which is led by the Iranian clergy. Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, Iran's revolutionary leader, sent a special message to the women praising them for their part in the 1979 revolution which overthrew the late Shah.
In his message, greeted with loud acclaim, the Ayatollah said that "shame should be on the dolls who have led animal lives in immoral palaces inside and outside the country". He went on to send "greetings to dedicated women who are occupied with the education of their children, the illiterate, and the teaching of human sciences and the rich Koranic culture".