The Internet has become a battleground between a repressive regime and the increasingly active feminists demanding the end of legal discrimination against women in Iran.

Lucy Morillon (Reporters without Borders), wrote an excellent article on cyber-feminism in Iran that highlights the Campaign for Equality and the role of the Internet in the campaign for women’s rights. She also explains the background for women’s low status in Iran and gives examples.

Morillon wrote: Women in Iran have learned to unleash the Internet’s potential to promote freedom. In the country that has experienced the most explosive online growth in the Middle East, the Internet has become a battleground between a repressive regime and the increasingly active feminists demanding the end of legal discrimination against women.

The Iranian legal system is based on the Sharia, the Islamic law, and denies women many rights, including the rights to file for divorce or to claim custody of their children. Women are treated as second-class citizens in other ways, too.

Read the article: Activists Face Obstacles Online in Winning Women’s Rights in Iran, September 16, 2008