Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, has approved a longstanding bill that aims to better protect women against domestic and other forms of violence.
In a meeting on Sunday evening, cabinet ministers greenlit the draft bill, called Protection, Dignity and Security of Women Against Violence, which has been in the works since the administration of former President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The bill must now be reviewed and approved by the parliament, after which it will be sent to the powerful constitutional vetting body called the Guardian Council, consisting of jurists and religious experts.
The most senior woman in Rouhani’s outgoing government hailed the move, which she said was the result of hundreds of hours of work by tens of legal experts, judges, executives and officials.
The legislation completed its lengthy process of review by the judiciary in September 2019.
The bill also envisages the formation of a fund by the judiciary to support victims of violence and help imprisoned women, among other things.
The bill was finalized by the government after several high-profile incidents concerning women that took centre stage nationally during the past year.