ira­nian women

Climbing - - THE APPROACH -

I en­joyed the piece on the Ira­nian climber (“A Por­trait in Speed,” no. 356). How­ever, in Iran, ed­u­ca­tion for women has been strong for a long time. The num­ber of women in univer­sity is higher than men. Also, Is­lamic law the­o­ret­i­cally calls for ston­ing for ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex, but it doesn’t hap­pen in Iran (maybe in a small vil­lage). It does, how­ever, hap­pen in Afghanistan and Saudi Ara­bia. Women have far more lat­i­tude and rights in Iran than in other Is­lamic coun­tries, and that’s partly be­cause its so­ci­ety, women in­cluded, have very good ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, up through univer­sity. Mi­tra Malek, via email

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