Target: Qazvin, Iran, City Council
Goal: Allow Nina Siahkali Moradi her rightful position on the city council, and not allow this discrimination to surface again
An Iranian woman was denied her legally won position on the Qazvin City Council. She was competing against many other people for a spot and, due to receiving an impressive 10,000 votes, was awarded the first runner-up position. This would guarantee her a spot on the council if a current council member were to step down. To Nina’s advantage, the mayor gave up his position; however, Nina had been disqualified for no wrong-doing on her part. A senior official stated “we don’t want catwalk models here.”
Nina was wrongfully denied her legally won position. She received enough votes to take the spot of the mayor, and had done nothing wrong. In Nina’s photo for the running she was dressed in traditional Iran dress, with a headdress so only her face was visible. Nina is a very bright individual: she was an architect graduate; passed the series of tests required for all electoral candidates; and had a very wholesome campaign planned, with the slogan “Young Ideas for a Young Future.” Allegedly many of the council members bitterly expressed their dislike for Nina, believing that she only acquired the runner-up position because she was young and beautiful.
The Iranian President, who was elected the same day as the city council members, vowed to bring the country out of the civil unrest they have been wading in. He specifically wants to advance the rights of women in Iran. The law is hopefully on Nina’s side: it is illegal to deny an elected official their spot if they were legally on the ballot, and if they are fit for office. Nina should be allowed to serve on her city’s council without discrimination. She may be beautiful, but she is also very much qualified for her given position. Urge the Iranian President to stay true to his election promises and help Nina serve her city.
Dear President Hassan Rouhani,
Your election as the Iranian President proved to be very promising for the people of Iran. You believe in a peaceful society with less government interference in everyday life, respect for neighboring countries and the advancement of civil rights, particularly women’s rights. Your country has seen more than its fair share of hardship, and your promises will see your country to a happier and healthier existence.
There is a woman who ran for the Qazvin City Council on June 14th of this year. Her name is Nina Siahkali Moradi; she won a first runner-up position with 10,000 votes, thus was waiting for a current council member to step down, so she could gain a spot on the council. The mayor stepped down; however, instead of taking her earned position, Nina was wrongfully disqualified. A senior member disrespectfully mentioned that they are not interested in catwalk models; therefore Nina was no longer needed on the council. Nina was legally on the ballot and she was fit for the position. She passed all of her tests required for electoral candidates, is a college graduate, and had a wholesome slogan: “Young Ideas for a Young Future.” Officially she was said to be “non-observant of Islamic Codes”, though her dress was proper in her election photo, and her demeanor fitting of a chair member.
Nina was wrongfully disqualified. President Hassan Rouhani, please uphold your promise to advance the rights of women in Iran and encourage the Qazvin City Council to accept Nina for her merits, not discredit her for her beauty. Nina is very qualified to serve her city, and deserves a chance to do so.
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Photo credit: Adam Jones via flickr