Fresh female police graduates on parade in Tehran (file photo) (epa)
June 19, 2006 -- Iran intends to select its first Girl of the Year by the end of this year.
Monireh Nobakht, the head of the Women's Social-Cultural Council, says the key criteria will be piety, moral purity, and adherence to the Islamic dress code. Other criteria will include dutifulness and devotion to family.
Nobakht says nominations will be sought by sending out letters at random.
Women In Iran
Women in Tehran (epa file photo)
CALLING FOR MORE RIGHTS: Although women played key roles in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, the place of women in post-revolutionary society has been a vexing question. Iranian women have struggled to bring attention to their calls for greater rights in their country's rigid theocratic system, calls that have often clashed with the values proclaimed by conservatives in society. (more)