She pointed out that culture may allow a man to have several wives, in places like Saudi Arabia, but such a culture and law should not be tolerated by women. She said the culture of a society must be promoted and elevated through the use of law. @trustwomenconf #twconf12
Laws can change the culture of society, says @shirin_ebadi #twconf12
Ebadi gave examples from Egypt and Tunisia where women's rights are in flux. In Egypt, she said, former president Hosni Mubarak supported relatively better laws for women. But, she noted that the new Islamist-dominated government is pushing for more restrictions on women - restrictions that women are protesting.
Shirin Ebadi also spoke of the situation for women in Iran. Many men are supporting women's rights because "they know that women's rights and democracy are two sides of the same coin."
Questions for Shirin from Rita Henley Jensen, editor of Women's eNews, asking about the status of the feminist movement in Iran.
Ebadi said the feminist movement in Iran has shown growth. One of the programs is the 1 million signature campaign that Jensen inquired about. That campaign aims not only to gather 1 million signatures but to move society to act against discrimination against women. She said the government has arrested a large number of those involved in the campaign under charges of conspiracy against national security.