Women have to get permission from their husbands to travel abroad. They are obliged to cover their hair and the shape of their bodies.
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It will be a test of public support for Rouhani himself ahead of presidential elections next year.While the vote might not have an influence on foreign policy, which is determined by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the election of a reformist parliament could strengthen Rouhani's hand to push through economic reforms to open up the country to foreign trade and investment.Rouhani won the presidency in 2013, bolstered by the support of many women and young people who were encouraged by his comments that Iranians deserved to live in free country and have the rights enjoyed by other people around the world.Rouhani's supporters hoped that his election victory would lead to social change in country where women have lesser rights than men in areas including inheritance, divorce and child custody, and are subject to travel and dress restrictions, and strict Islamic law is enforced by a "morality police".Iran rejects any allegations it is discriminating against women, saying it follows Shariah law.Access to social media remains officially blocked, though Rouhani and Khamenei have their own Twitter accounts.Iran denies any infringement of human rights.
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