Gender equality takes a small step forward in Iran. In case of road accident, insurance compensation for women’s and men’s lives will be equal. The law was approved by the government and ratified by the Guardian Council, the body responsible for checking whether a measure is consistent with Sharia Law and the Islamic constitution. The announcement, which has been reported by the Iranian media, was made by Nejatollah Ebrahimian, a jurist and member of the Council.
Up till now, in case of road accidents, insurance companies have paid half of the damages if the victim was a woman. “Equal treatment has been justified by the fact that many women are heads of the family – they have explained -, and if they die in accidents, their loved ones find themselves in serious economic difficulties.” Thus, legal reasons do not acknowledge gender equality, which will be still denied in case of murder, honor killing, and in family law in general.