Changing the Culture of Sexism/Violence/Denigration

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Changing the Culture of Sexism/Violence/Denigration

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Iran has been mired in the quicksand of religious fascism, for four decades.
Most people think that it is the _culture_ which has to change first; then, gradually, there will be more women represented in the government, the judiciary etc. But, culture will change after _institutions_ change. The current culture of sexism, and denigration of women, & violence, will not change without changing the systems first: education, judiciary, media, civic institutions, etc. Witness how the theocracy set up its institutions first, then gradually obliterated a society! It works the same way in a democracy as well: Change the constitution, the laws, the judiciary, the schooling, the media, the electoral system, the military etc, _then_ society will progress alongside, and quicker.

At the same time, one has to be mindful of what happened to the Shah: rural migration to urban areas populated the ranks of supporters for a retrogressive cleric who reacted against modernization. However, I tend to think that forty years of religious fascism would put any objectors on their hind legs.

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Constitutional Requirement for Gender Equity?

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Targets must be set, and achieved, for gender equity in the judiciary & the parliament etc.
This should not be left to the whims of whichever party may be in power. Could it be made to be a constitutional requirement?

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