Nina Siahkali Moradi won an alternate seat in Qazvin, Iran city council elections fair and square. But male colleagues agree she’s “too attractive” to join them and have disqualified her from her clear winnings.
Moradi placed 14th out of 163 candidates in the elections, with almost 10,000 people voting for her. But the 27-year-old has been disqualified because members of the council think she has nothing more to offer than her youth and beauty and according to one senior official in Qazvin, they “don’t want a catwalk model on the council.”
On their Facebook page, The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran wrote, “According to reports, the reason for her disqualification has been stated as ‘non-observance of Islamic codes.’ It is said that her election campaign posters are the basis of her disqualification’.” In other words, her detractors feared that her campaign images were too sexy — despite the fact Moradi wore a hijab, with no strands of hair showing at all! Iran may claim to want to bring women into politics, but deeply ingrained sexism is getting in her way.
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