From now on, married women in Iran are required to obtain their husband’s consent before they can sit for a dental assistant’s exam.
Candidates who wish to pursue a career as a Dental Assistant must fulfill this requirement before they can sit for the exam.
On May 11, 2020, the state-run daily, Etemad Online, posted on its website: “As part of the declaration, a husband permits his wife to serve at the location designated by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education upon completing the training course.”
Etemad Online reiterated, “This declaration and the requirement for the husband’s consent is an issue that creates a problem for some female applicants in this field, and reminds us of the inequality that exists in national laws when it comes to men’s and women’s rights.”
“When a woman is obliged to obey her husband in general, as well as for particular activities; and her whole life is under his supervision, consent, and permission, we must expect such things,” said a women’s rights activist.
It was announced earlier that married women must have their husband’s permission before they can participate in any hiking or nature tours. Single women, as well as women under the age of 20, must have their father’s permission (The official IRNA news agency – November 13, 2018).
Misogyny is institutionalized in the clerical regime’s laws. The mullahs’ Civil Code treats women as men’s captives or sex slaves.
Specifically, a nine-year-old girl can be forced by her father to enter into a marriage, and she is required to live anywhere her “husband” wants. She cannot leave home, go to work, or travel without her “husband’s” permission.
Article 1105 of the Civil Code stipulates, “The family is headed by the husband and the woman may not leave home without the husband’s permission.”
Moreover, Article 1117 of the Civil Code states, “The husband can prevent his wife from engaging in any profession or industry that conflicts with the family’s interests, or his dignity, or that of his wife.”