International Transport Fed backs calls for independent investigation into Arab bus driver’s death
PA denies postponing statehood bid at Security Council
State charges Palestinian with stabbing of IDF soldier at Tel Aviv train station
IDF forces arrest 11 Palestinians overnight in West Bank
Barkat: My goal is to be able to respond within one minute to any security incident
Livnat blasts Likud for rightward shift
Ya’alon praises Chuck Hagel as ‘true friend’
Shaked: Haredi enlistment to IDF for 2014/5 likely to be met
Rivlin takes on cause of rights of battered non-Jewish wives
Sharp rise in additional, private health insurance costs
Health Scan: BGU course makes med students more empathetic
The toilet taboo
Pro-public health advocates battle against private-medicine lobbying and ad campaign
Zion Tech: Israeli start up Dogiz helps dogs and owners socialize
Zion Tech: Our Israeli start-up of the week aims to make air pollution visible
From Silicon Valley to Silicon Wadi
'Leviathan gas reservoir to begin flowing by early 2018'
Two Israeli films make the Oscar short list
Funeral Monday for Israel Zamir, only son of Isaac Bashevis Singer
Festival review: Curtain Up 2014
JEST’s grand finale
Jerusalem still perfect after tough battle in Rishon
Sakhnin edges Beitar in subdued showdown
Rishon’s credentials to come under scrutiny vs J’lem
Vermut clinches dramatic win for Hapoel TA
Israel gets first snow fall of the season
Swiss Museum to accept Gurlitt collection
WATCH: Thousands of Chabad rabbis convene for annual gathering in New York
Turkish governor's wish to morph synagogue into museum raises ire
Nazi-looted art collection may find new home in Switzerland
Ukrainian president to mark Auschwitz liberation in Prague
US, Israel praise extension as safe path forward in Iran nuclear talks
Voters may turn back the clock on ‘Arab Spring’
Diplomacy more 'effective' than alternatives with Iran, Kerry says
Turkish president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men, should accept motherhood as societal role
Netanyahu: Lack of Iran deal gives chance to stiffen economic sanctions
The last of the anti-Semites
On my mind: Arab-Jewish tensions
The 'peace process' that kills
Letters: November 24, 2014
Fundamentally Freund: Who’s afraid of a Jewish nation-state?
Cinema of reconciliation
On the volcano’s edge
Knowledge, power and abuse
Q&A with a Colombian lone soldier
European Press: Dividing line
Veterans: Keeping an ear out for change
Book Review: Written from his heart
This Week in Jerusalem
Who is your God?
Grapevine: Amazing place
A voice from India
Happily Eva After: When the going gets tough...
Grapevine: Reclaiming our heritage
Upscale dining in Neveh Tzedek
Obama: Helping terror go nuclear
On incitement, lots of talk but little action
To finally look behind the news
Recognizing Palestine – anomalies and ambiguities
A song for Cheshvan: 'The Eucalyptus Grove'
הָאַרְכִיוֹן שֶל רוֹמַן וִישְנִיָאק
Har Nof in flames
A First Look: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Bennett announces Water City for Israeli technologies in Shougang, China
Sail Away with me
Q&A with a Guatemalan combat soldier
Meet the Ambassador: No longer a conference diplomat
Tempête au sein de la coalition
Crise de confiance
Qui prendra la relève de Mahmoud Abbas ?
Arafat, Abbas, même combat ?
Daniel Oren, maestro d’Israël, d’Italie et d’ailleurs !
Nos plus belles années ?
De Berlin à New York, 1920-1975
Le pogrome de Constantine
Le pot de chocolat liégeois par qui le scandale arrive
Le dernier kibboutz
La course aux étoiles
Les mordus du français
On n’invite pas un pyromane à éteindre un incendie
Tuer l’EI dans l’œuf
Le mont du Temple et la guerre sainte de l’islam
Les attentats du lundi 10 novembre vus par la presse française
L’Europe, nouvelle alliée d’Abbas ?
Christian priest speaks out strongly in favor of Jewish state law
Hispanic Evangelicals among Israel's greatest supporters
Christians United for Israel Chairman John Hagee says Obama is anti-Semitic
Temple Mount: Common ground between Jews and Christians
Pope Francis condemns Palestinian violence
KKL Belgium Donates Portable Bomb Shelter to Kiryat Gat
KKL-JNF Awards 2014 Blumberg Prize
Exploring the Ilanot Botanical Garden and the Vickar Observation Point
Cornerstone Laid for Sports Rehab Park at Meir Hospital
Mexican Politician and Business Leader Miguel Aleman Velasco Visits KKL-JNF in Jerusalem
International Conference in Sde Boker: Combating Desertification Together
Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan: Bringing the River Back to Life
Central America Celebrates Independence at the Rabin Center
In his Footsteps: Heritage Excursions in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin
Cleanup Day Activities in Central Israel
International Cleanup Day: Cleaning Together in Northern Israel
KKL-JNF's Eyes in the Forest - The Horshim Forest Green Patrol
Israel Today and Tomorrow: KKL France Mission Visits Israel
Start-up Israel: KKL Italy November Mission Learns about Israel's Past and Future
KKL-JNF and Desert Agriculture Latin American Diplomats visit the Negev
A Successful Annual Fundraising Event for KKL Milan
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
11.24.2014 | 2 Kislev, 5775
Amid ISIS threat, US Secretary of Defense Hagel resigning, official says
Catalan independence advocate looks to Israel, Germany for funding
Iran nuclear talks extended 7 months after sides fail to make deal by deadline
Exclusive: Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran
Tunisian beauty queen calls for 'free Palestine' at pageant
With three days left on clock, 'significant gaps' still remain in Iran nuclear talks
Foreign Affairs: Is Iran ready for normalcy?
Politics: After synagogue attack, coalition crisis on hold
US judge to hold key hearing in possible landmark terrorism case against PA
UN Security Council condemns Jerusalem synagogue massacre
Five days from deadline, West waits for answer from Tehran
Spanish parliament easily passes measure recognizing Palestinian state
Iranian women 370.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Caren Firouz)
DUBAI - Human Rights Watch urged Iran on Saturday to lift restrictions on women attending university and enrolling in certain academic fields.Thirty-six universities across Iran have banned women from 77 different majors, including accounting, counseling, and engineering, for the school year that begins on Saturday, Iran's Mehr news agency reported in August.There was no official reason given for the move, but Iranian officials have expressed alarm in recent months about the country's declining birth and marriage rates, seen as partially caused by women's rising educational attainment in the last two decades.In a statement released on Saturday, Human Rights Watch urged the Iranian government to immediately reverse the more restrictive policies, and said they were a violation of the international right to education for everyone without discrimination."As university students across Iran prepare to start the new academic year, they face serious setbacks, and women students in particular will no longer be able to pursue the education and careers of their choice," said Liesl Gerntholtz, women's rights director at Human Rights Watch.Women in Iran make up a majority of college students. Sixty percent of those who passed this year's national college entrance exam were women, said Hossein Tavakoli, an official at Iran's National Education Assessment Organization (NEAO), according to Iran's state news agency IRNA.Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi argued in a letter to the United Nations in August that the closure of certain academic fields to women was part of a push by the Iranian government to stifle "women's presence in the public arena".Human Rights Watch said some of the banned majors include high-paying fields where women have had a greater presence in recent years, like engineering and applied science, while other restrictions did not seem to follow a pattern and were arbitrary.In a statement released in late August, the NEAO criticised news coverage of the restrictions, saying they were taken out of context."The overwhelming majority of universities and centres of higher education accept women and men in all fields," the NEAO statement said.
Your comment must be approved by a moderator before being published on JPost.com.
Disqus users can post comments automatically.
Comments must adhere to our Talkback policy. If you believe that a comment has breached the Talkback policy, please press the flag icon to bring it to the attention of our moderation team.
Sign up for our newsletter
Please insert a valid email address
By signing up to The Jpost mailing list, I hereby