Today is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to generosity. United for Iran’s work was founded and continues to succeed because of the generosity of supporters like you. When you express your support in the form of a small donation, you help some of Iran’s most vulnerable communities. These are some of the ways you are helping the people of Iran:
1. You are Standing Up for Iran’s Political Prisoners
Iran has at least 800 political prisoners. Iranian officials go to lengths to hide that they are arresting people simply because they spoke out against a policy, attended a peaceful gathering, or practiced a faith other than what is deemed acceptable by the Islamic Republic. Our researchers work hard every day to confirm and record the identity of Iran’s political prisoners so that despite the Islamic Republic’s efforts, there is a record of the injustice that these men and women face.
2. You are Protecting Women’s Rights
Iranian women and girls are legally subordinate to men in many aspects including inheritance, marriage, divorce, and child custody. However, there is a way around some of these legal hardships that few women know of or have the resources to pursue. Marriages in Iran are contractual, the terms of which can be determined by the couple beforehand. United for Iran’s Hamdam mobile application offers women legal support and provides users easy to follow sample language to be included in their marriage contract. Once the suggested language is added, the rights are legally binding and women have the right to make decisions about their own education, work, and travel after marriage and can get a divorce with relative legal ease.
3. You are Supporting Women’s Health
Comprehensive and unbiased sexual health information is not readily available in Iran. While the Iranian government provides little sex-education, the information is limited and only available to young married couples. The Hamdam mobile application aims to level the playing field by offering unbiased sexual education to any Iranian with a smartphone. The application provides easy to understand information on STDs, contraception methods, and breast cancer screenings. Hamdam is also the only mobile application that allows Iranian women to track their period and ovulation cycle using the Persian Jalali calendar, a solar calendar that is used in Iran.
4. You are Offering a Compassionate Hand to Recovering Addicts
About 2.8 million Iranians are regularly consuming drugs. The government’s efforts have not sufficiently addressed the epidemic that has affected millions of Iranian families. The Haami mobile application provides compassionate and trusted support for people struggling with substance abuse, along with their friends and family. The app offers a range of resources and educational information for those involved.