Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani has appointed a woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as his vice president for legal affairs. Aminzadeh is a former member of parliament who teaches at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. During his campaign, Rohani pledged to create more jobs for women and criticized his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s use of force to ensure women’s hair and figures were covered. Shahla Ezazi, a sociologist and the director of the women’s studies group at Iran’s Sociology Association, called the appointment a “good step” in battling the discrimination felt by Iranian women in the workplace.
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Iranian President Hassan Rohani praised Aminzadeh, who holds a PhD in international law from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, for her ”scientific competence and judicial qualifications as well as legislative experience and moral merits” in his letter of appointment, posted on the presidency’s website today.