Ashkan Shabani

Freelance Photographer
The Second Sex
Location: Istanbul
Nationality: Turkey
Biography: I'm a self-educated photographer and visual storyteller based in Turkey. When I was a teenager I started photography by taking family pictures. In 2016, I started working as a photographer for a local news agency called DiyarMirza which led... read on
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The Second Sex
Copyright ashkan shabani 2021
Date of Work 08/20/19 - 06/27/19
Updated 04/03/20
Location Iran
Iran is a country where half of its population is deprived of their rights, while being unable to follow their interests without being judged, subjected to every kind of discrimination and violence as well as being joked. They can’t even choose their own clothing and are considered second-degree citizens throughout society. All of these, are only a part of the daily problems faced by Iranian women for a long time.
Nowadays, women’s rights are neglected in many countries, especially the countries located in the Middle East. The society of Iran is no exception to this fact however some of its women emphasize realizing their social rights as well as believing in making progress and equality. Although Iranian women are constantly facing pressures inflicted by social and political movements, various layers of oppression, gender discriminations, cultural suffocation and all kinds of violence, still every day you can see them trying to prove and realize their rights. In this regard, several social movements have been formed in Iran during the past few decades focusing on realizing their rights. Some women have been able to prove their competence through overcoming the discriminations and oppressions, and while trying to realize their rights, they have tried to change or reform certain social rules by criticizing them. Still, most Iranian women are still deprived of their most basic rights and still have a long way until they can have rights equal to men in their society, and the society is still treating them as if they do not even exist.

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